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Durango is in the southwestern part of the Rocky Mountains state of Colorado. It is perhaps most famous for the historic narrow gauge railroad that connects Durango with Silverton. It is the largest town in southwest Colorado with a population of about 16,000. The people in Durango are very friendly and down to earth. Durango is situated a short drive from the “Four Corners”, where New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado meet. The surrounding landscape of Durango is diverse, spanning from red sandstone bluffs of the Animas River Valley to jagged peaks of the San Juan Mountains, a few of which rise to elevations over 14,000 feet. Durango is situated at 6,512 feet above sea level. Durango’s climate is actually quite moderate, with typical summer daytime highs in the 70s/80s, and nighttime lows in the 50s.

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  1. There are more Durango restaurants per capita than San Francisco.
  2. The name Durango comes from the Basque word “Urango”, which means “water town”.
  3. The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Durango began in 1972, and is the longest continuously run cycling event in the U.S.
  4. Durango is the hometown of the original Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
  5. The sun shines more than 300 days each year in Durango.

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