Durango Press Kit

Laidback Leisure in the Colorado Southwest

Durango, Colorado was once an outpost for mining and railroading, today it is a hub for outdoor recreation, higher education and exceptional dining and shopping experiences. Among its many claims to fame, Durango is known as Colorado’s mountain biking capitol; other notable superlatives include Best Water Town in the West, Best Scenic Train Ride and Most Friendly Vacation and Ski Town. Home to Fort Lewis College, the beautiful campus and strong academic programs draw a youthful element that add vitality and vibrancy to the mountain community. The town’s restaurants, many award-winning, are sure to satisfy whether you are grabbing a burger and beer or dining on fancier fare. In addition to soaking in Durango Hot Springs Resort + Spa, popular activities include mountain biking on the region’s singletrack trails, riding the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, skiing and snowboarding at Purgatory Ski Area and visiting the Anasazi ruins at Mesa Verde National Park. Lodging choices are plentiful and span the accommodations spectrum.

Cities: Durango

Elevation: 6,512’ above sea level

Visitor Centers:
Durango Area Tourism Office
802 Main Ave
Durango, CO 81301
970-247-3500 or 800-525-8855

Hot Springs

Durango Hot Springs Resort + Spa

6475 County Road 203
Durango, CO 81301

Overview: Located eight miles north of downtown Durango, the historic hot springs resort under new ownership has been carefully redesigned, offering visitors a fresh take on the Colorado hot springs experience. The campus features 26 thermal mineral water features. Resort highlights include 16 soaking pools, eight private Japanese-inspired cedar soaking tubs, a reflexology walking path, and a mineral water rain tower. Durango Hot Springs Resort + Spa is the only natural hot springs in the world to infuse nano-meter and micro-meter oxygen bubbles which increase the health benefits of the geothermal waters.


  • General: Durango Hot Springs Resort + Spa is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are required. Towels are available for purchase.
  • Pools:16 geothermal soaking pools — four are family-friendly and 12 are adults-only. There is also a zero-entry resort-style swimming pool with lap lanes.
  • Spa: The spa offers a diverse menu that includes a massage, body treatments, as well as facials, and a variety of enhancements that can be added to services.
  • Lodging: For convenience and reliability, Durango Hot Springs Resort + Spa partners with several nearby lodging properties.