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The Durango-Silverton Train heads through the San Juan Mountains (Schatzimansel/Flickr)

What to do in Durango

Between the mountain biking, the nearby ski resort, and the river that runs through it, sporty Durango, Colorado, has long been touted as an unparalleled outdoor getaway. What’s forgotten is that this picturesque Western town also has enough culture, history, and Hollywood clout to please the roughest of riders. The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum, a 52,000-square-foot hall filled with Smithsonian-quality artifacts, sits in nearby Ignacio. Or visit the Durango Discovery Museum, an old power plant where inventors can get their wheels turning with hands-on exhibits like a robotics lab and nanotechnology displays. And to fuel your Wild West adventure, find a spot between the cowboy hats and Hollywood film crews at one of the Napa Valley of Beer’s microbreweries, washed down with farm-to-market cuisine from outlying ranches.

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Allen rates Durango
Touristy during the summer, but that is the time to ride the D&RG. Great skiing at Purgatory (Durango Mtn, whatever they call it now). Plan your ski trip over Snowdown Days - belt sander races at Ace Hdwr are not to be missed!
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emg437 rates Durango
We just moved to Pagosa Springs, and while it's drop dead gorgeous, they don't so much as have a WalMart here. So, I love Durango because they at least have a WalMart, a TJ Max, a Penneys and for my son a skatepark and a Zumiez. That's why I love Durango! Oh did I mention a hospital?!
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