The Strater Hotel
The Strater Hotel is located at Main & Seventh Streets in the historic downtown of Durango. Located in the heart of Durango's shopping and entertainment district, the Strater Hotel is just a short walk from the many art galleries, stores and restaurants. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Depot is two blocks from the hotel, and Durango Mountain Resort, San Jaun National Forest, and Mesa Verde are all nearby.
Durango, Colorado sits in the midst of some of the world's most beautiful mountain scenery, a richness that is matched only by its colorful history.
Indeed, the hills were filled with silver and gold, and miners by the scores began to flock to the area in the 1870s. The town of Durango itself was the child of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Company, established in 1879. Company management planned and laid out the charming downtown that remains today, though when the railroad first "arrived" in town on August 5, 1881, Durango was dubbed the "Smelter City" and "the new city in the wilderness," as it was host to the region's growing smelting, mining, and agricultural economy.
With the then state-of-the-art rail transportation and the "quick money" made by the area's miners, enterprising merchants, saloon gals, ranchers, and farmers soon settled into the valley, giving a balance to the city's economy and culture. The newcomers built churches, schools, and many of the fine buildings and Victorian homes still standing today.
Durango was designed to be the most "up-to-date" city in Colorado. Nothing could compare to it, if her boosters had anything to say about it. Signs of progress began to appear everywhere in the late 1880s and early 1890s, including a grand hotel (the four-story brick Strater), electric lights with a home owned electric company, the telephone, an electric trolley, and a three-story sky scraper with an electric elevator (Newman Building - 800 Main).
Over the years, Durango became less and less dependent on mining, and increasingly diversified with tourism, oil and natural gas production, higher education, and clean light industry. Fort Lewis College contributes greatly to the stature and personality of the community.
The area's rich history actually predates the development of Durango by at least 1,300 years. The mild climate, fertile soils, and abundant wild game first attracted the ancestral Puebloan culture around 700 AD. Some of the most spectacular and well-preserved Puebloan ruins in the United States are found within a 100-mile radius of the Strater Hotel. The government has declared many sites protected for the sole purpose of studying the ancient inhabitants of this area.
The most famous site containing ruins of the complete Ancestral Puebloan development is, of course, Mesa Verde National Park. However, to the south are the Aztec Ruins, Chaco Canyon, and the Salmon Ruins that display the Ancestral Puebloan culture in its various stages of development and decline.
From the north (Denver): Take I-25 South to Walsenberg, then US 160 West to Durango. Once in Durango, turn right on 7th Street and right again on Main Avenue.
From Albuquerque: Take I-25 East through Rio Rancho, and then take US 550 North to Durango. Once in Durango, turn right on 7th Street and right again on Main Avenue.
From Phoenix: Take I-17 to Flagstaff, then take I-40 from Flagstaff. From there connect to US 89 North, then to US 160 East to Durango. Once in Durango, turn right on 7th Street and right again on Main Avenue.
The Strater Hotel is on the Southwest corner of 7th Street and Main Avenue.
The Durango Airport (DRO) is approximately 15-20 minutes by car. From the airport take Airport Road/County Road 309 and turn left on CO 172. Next turn left on US 160, which will take you into Durango. Once in Durango, turn right on 7th Street and right again on Main Avenue. The Strater Hotel is on the Southwest corner of 7th Street and Main Avenue.
699 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81302