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"It's always worried me how many Oregonians have lost their lives fighting forest fires in Colorado." In the summer months crews of forest firefighters are shifted from state to state depending on where the worst fires are. In recent years an oddly high number of deaths fighting fires in Colorado were Oregonians.
"It's because in Colorado the fires behave differently. In Oregon they burn slower and hotter and in Colorado they move up the slopes in a hurry," replied Travis - my drinking buddy for the day.
If you are from the Western States of America you can discuss one of two topics in any small town bar and draw a look of concern and understanding - droughts and wildfires. Durango fit the bill nicely.
This town is a great place for spending three or four nights. Take in the historic buildings, ride the narrow-guage railroad, or visit nearby Mesa Verde National Park. Don't forget to strike up a conversation with the locals.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:small but lively historic city.
  • Cons:wildfires happen often and can ruin a summer stay
  • Last visit to Durango: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Dec 9, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Hi! Im researching my friends hostel that she recently opened in Durango CO. It was after your warning re: the old hostel thats shut down. Would you by chance be willing to update your post that's on Virtual Tourist? See durangohometownhostel.com. Thanks!

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    Oct 19, 2004 at 10:44 PM

    cool !

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    Mar 4, 2004 at 12:44 PM

    I recalled the name of this town and could not remember why -- but it is the railroad there. I've seen the train running by. -- Greg

  • GillianMcLaughlin's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2004 at 10:17 AM

    Just had to come and pay homage to a great Bob Dylan song! You don't mention it??? I can bore you for hours on the subject if you like!

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    Sep 12, 2003 at 10:36 AM

    well done :))

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2003 at 7:17 PM

    Haha, great and nice writings - I like your style. And interesting info in intro, I didn't know.

  • shdw100's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2003 at 9:20 AM

    Love your style of presentation: honest and to the point! Spent a night in Durango once when the brakes went out on my car. Was a great town to have the brakes go! Excellent page!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2003 at 11:09 PM

    not only you lost a Hostel..has happend to me in the North of Brazil....burn out. I like your travel arrangments,tks for sharing

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    Apr 4, 2003 at 12:37 PM

    25 beers on tap and still you go for a coffee great page love your style of travel

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2003 at 8:52 PM

    It's just like being there. (But I really really really want a pic of the old place with the real Italian food. Don't say you neglected to take one? Well go back and take one!)

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