Durango Mountain Resort

Durango Mountain Resort skiing
December 15, 2011

Staff writer The Durango Mountain Resort offers 1,360 acres of skiable terrain, and it’s popular with families because its lift tickets are cheaper than those at the larger resorts and 45 percent of its 88 runs are rated intermediate and another 20 percent rated beginner. The ski area is located 27 miles north of Durango on U.S. 550 and is better known locally as Purgatory, its name when it was…

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

December 15, 2011

Staff writer The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory stores that you find in malls and on main streets across the United States and Canada got started in Durango, at the store still operating near the depot for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This store, like others in the chain, features up to 100 chocolates and confections on display for most of the year, with up to 100 more for…

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Strater Hotel

Strater Hotel in Durango
December 15, 2011

Staff writer The five-story Strater Hotel was built by Cleveland pharmacist Henry Strater for $70,000 with 376,000 native red bricks and hand-carved sandstone cornices and window sills in a style that blends Italianate, Romanesque, and Renaissance features. Strater, who was a minor at the time, had lied about his age to borrow the money and had enlisted his brothers, Fred and Frank, and his father, Antone, to work on the…

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Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum

Staff writer The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum was developed by the tribe to examine the history and culture of the Southern Utes through a collection of more than 1,500 artifacts and multimedia and traditional exhibits. The 52,000-square-foot building also contains arts and crafts classrooms and community rooms. The $38 million facility opened in 2011 in Ignacio, which is on the Southern Ute Reservation 24 miles southeast of Durango…

December 15, 2011
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Mesa Verde National Park

Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park
December 15, 2011

Staff writer Mesa Verde National Park offers visitors a look at the cliff dwellings left by the Anasazi or Ancient Pueblo People who made the area their home for 700 years, from 600 to 1300, before leaving for reasons still not fully understood. The park is in Colorado’s southwestern corner, 56 miles west of Durango and 30 miles east of Cortez. Mesa Verde was created in 1906 to protect the…

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Durango history

December 15, 2011

By John Leach The Durango area was home to the Anasazi, or “ancient ones,” from the Pueblo Indian culture, who had lived in cliff dwellings in today’s Mesa Verde National Park east of Durango before they mysteriously left the area in the 1200s. The Anasazi began living in the area 1,400 years ago, eventually building their stone dwellings in canyon alcoves. The Spanish Dominguez-Escalante expedition passed through the Durango area…

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Durango

Durango
December 15, 2011

Durango is the gateway to the San Juan Mountains and Mesa Verde National Park and is noted for its ski area and the historic railroad that still operates today.

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