Local Area Attractions
Durango is known for endless outdoor recreation, as well as world-class attractions like the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, and historic downtown Durango. There are numerous entertainment opportunities that feature something for everyone. You'll find that Durango is the ideal destination for your next family vacation, or group outing. Check out the city's cosmopolitan side when you experience all of the comforts and attractions that downtown Durango has to offer. Immerse yourself in our town’s vibrant heritage on a walking tour through historic downtown, and savor a gourmet meal at one of the area’s many cafés or restaurants. Take in a show at a Durango theater or music venue, or feed your creative side at one of Durango’s museums or art galleries.
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Coal/steam powered narrow gauge train that chugs through the scenic wilderness of the San Juan National Forest from Durango to Silverton. All aboard for an 1882 adventure on the Silverton train. The sights and scenery you encounter on your trip through the San Juan National Forest are truly spectacular. Located 7 miles from campground.
Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park , located just 43 miles from the KOA , is the site of the largest concentration of Anasazi Cliff Dwellings in the United States. Mesa Verde, a World Heritage Site, offers one of the finest architectural examples of the early resourceful people - huge cities have been protected from the centuries within high cliff alcoves.
San Juan Skyway
236 mile scenic loop. Durango is on it!
Bar D Chuckwagon Suppers
Enjoy a real western evening, delicious Chuckwagon supper, and a great western show. You will thrill to the songs, stories and comedy of the Bar D Wrangles as they present their famous stage show of the Old West. Come early and visit Chapel in the Pines, Bar D train, Artisan Shop, Record Shop, Smuts Blacksmith Shop, gift shop, The Leatherworks, Chocolate Factory and T-shirt shop. Located 17 miles from campground.
Where Old West meets the Southwest. Downtown Durango is a Nationally Registered Historic District and home to historic boutique hotels, award winning restaurants, laid-back brewpubs, and fabulous art galleries, museums, and shops.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
The Holistic Health and Ecological Conference & Exposition. Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at La Plata County Fairgrounds. WholeExpo brings together individual businesses and services that promote healthy, holistic, living and ecological awareness. WholeExpo features diverse threads of insight and knowledge with the purpose of creating a tapestry of body, spirit, mind, and planet consciousness. It is our hope to not merely coexist but to live in greater harmony with each other and with the Earth.
Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering
The Gathering is an exciting, fun-filled event with evening performances and Saturday daytime sessions. Poets and musicians from throughout the country grace our intimate stage at the Diamond Circle Theatre, performing classic and contemporary poems and songs that will bring tears to your eyes and keep you in stitches.
Durango & Silverton Cowboy Poet Train
Gather up your favorite cowboys and cowgirls to enjoy true western poets, entertainment and food when you ride this special train to Cascade Canyon.A special D&SNGRR trip to Cascade Canyon! Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering entertainers will be performing onboard and during the lunch stop at Cascade Canyon. Hear the music, poetry, stories and yes, a few tall tales of the West! We expect the autumn colors to be near their peak in early October!Enjoy your lunch along the banks of the Animas River.
Fare includes a Beef Brisket sandwich, chips and lemonade served at Cascade Canyon. Plan for a sweet treat on your return train ride back to Durango! Full beverage service and additional food items are available for purchase in our Concession Car.
Durango Heritage Celebration
This event commemorates our town's colorful and diverse history, focusing primarily on the period from the town's incorporation in 1881 until 1912. You'll find that a large number of event goers will be dressed in authentic period attire throughout the celebration. We encourage everyone to join in the fun by donning your Victorian, Edwardian or Old West finery for any of our events. A few of the activities require advance ticket purchase, please see each activity page for details and requirements