The City of Durango offers residents an ambitious and comprehensive recreation
program with activities for every age group. More than 100 different programs are
offered, ranging from alpine skiing to arts and crafts. Included are swimming lessons
for infants, drama programs for children, softball, basketball, volleyball, and
soccer for youth and adults, programs for the handicapped, and activities for senior
The Parks and Recreation Department operates Chapman Hill ski area and its ice
and roller skating rink. It also offers outdoor activities at the Fort Lewis Recreational
Complex, operates the Senior Center, and the Mason Center.
The state-of-the-art Durango Community Recreation Center opened in early January
2002 and includes lap and recreational swimming pools, gym, fitness center, dance
studio, and more.
The city has 32 parks spread over more than 193 acres of developed park land.
Most of the parks feature picnic facilities, playgrounds, skateboard facility, fishing
areas, bicycle and feet trails, and open space. Several parks sit along the Animas
River, including Whitewater Park, a popular area for kayak racing events known for
its nation-wide competitions.
The Fort Lewis Recreation Complex, built by Parks and Recreation and located
at Fort Lewis College, provides playing fields for softball and soccer. For Parks
and Recreation information call (970) 375-7300, or visit
Durango is also known as a road and mountain biking Mecca. It is the home of
the annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, site of the 1990 World Mountain Bike Championships,
and the 2001 World Cup.
Winter brings other outdoor activities from skiing and snowshoeing to snowmobiling.
The region’s reputation for hiking and fly-fishing has expanded to a year-round
activity. For more information contact Durango Mountain Resort at (970) 247-9000,
or the San Juan Mountain Association at (970) 385-1312.
The art, music, and theater scene embraces dozens of galleries and community
supported arts. For more information on upcoming performances at the Community Concert
Hall at Fort Lewis College, visit www.durangoconcerts.com. For more information
regarding the local art community contact the Durango Arts Center at (970) 259-2606
or visit www.durangoarts.org.