Here you can find all sorts of Durango travel tips! Durango is easy to reach by road on two major U.S. Highways. From the west or east, visitors can arrive in Durango on U.S. Highway 160, a road once known as the Old Spanish Trail. From the north or south, visitors can arrive on U.S. Highway 550.
Above Durango, U.S. 550 is part of the scenic San Juan Skyway. Parts of the road share the former railroad grade of the Silverton Railroad. The section of U.S. 550 above Durango is sometimes referred to as the “Million Dollar Highway” a nickname that some say alludes to the millions of dollars in Silver that once was hauled on the old roadbed.
Below Durango, U.S. 550 from Albuquerque, New Mexico offers a modern four-lane divided highway. This approach to Durango is preferred by many travelers who fly to the International Airport in Albuquerque and drive the final distance to Durango, a trip just over three and a half hours by car.
Durango Rental Cars
Rental car services are available at the Durango Airport, as well as at the Albuquerque International Airport. Rental agencies serving the Albuquerque international airport include Advantage, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. Rental agencies from Durango’s regional airport include Avis, Enterprise, Budget, Hertz, and National.
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Parking is available at the Durango Airport on a short and long-term basis. Long term fees are $5.00 per day. Short-term parking costs $1.00 for every thirty minutes beyond an initial free thirty minute period. More information is available by calling 247-9501.
Parking in Downtown Durango consists of street parking and permit spaces. Municipal lots are available free of charge in the evenings after 5:00 p.m. and all-day on Saturday, Sunday, and U.S. holidays. Parking is by permit only during weekdays. Permits can be purchased at City Hall, the Bank of Colorado, Wells Fargo, or the First National Bank of Durango for a fee of 15 dollars per month.
Municipal lots can be found on 2nd Avenue in Durango on the 600, 700, and 800 blocks. The largest lot is a car park at the 700 block of Camino Del Rio.
Street parking is controlled by parking meters. Be aware that some meters are limited to half-hour, 2-hour, and 10-hour time limits. Trolley tokens may be used for payments to parking meters, which may be offered freely by local businesses as a courtesy to patrons. Tokens may be purchased in bulk at City Hall or participating banks for $9.00. A nine dollar roll contains ten dollars worth of tokens. Do not park alongside yellow curbs except for evenings after 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Parking alongside yellow curbs is permitted on Sundays all day with no fee. Curbs painted green are never available for parking. These are bus and trolley passenger stops.
If you receive a fine for violation of parking regulations in Durango, you may pay your fine at City Hall. A box is available for fine payment outside. Questions about parking concerns or fees may be directed to the Parking Division office at City Hall.
Durango Trolley and Bus Service
Remember that the Trolley in Durango is an alternative to driving and looking for parking spaces. Visit the Durango.com page for the Durango Trolley to learn more. Passenger bus service to Durango is provided by Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma bus lines. Trolley Tokens available at the following locations:
City Hall – 949 E 2nd Avenue
Wells Fargo – 200 W College Drive
First National Bank of Durango – 259 W 9th Street
Bank of Colorado – 1199 Main Avenue
Bank of Colorado (walk up/Drive up only) – 902 E 2nd Avenue
Durango has a regional airport with jet aircraft service, the Durango-La Plata County Airport. The airport is served by four airlines. Frontier Airlines and United Airlines both serve Durango through Denver Hubs and US Airways offers flights through Phoenix. The newest addition is American Eagle Airlines. The airport is situated to the southeast of Durango. It is accessible from Durango by taking U.S. 550 South and then taking U.S. 160 East approximately 5.5 miles to Highway 172. From Hwy. 172, the airport is located on Airport Road, also known as C.R. 309, a right turn off of Hwy. 172.