Durango Welcome Center
In May of 2012, the Durango Welcome Center opened in the heart of the Historic Downtown.
Located at the corner of Main Ave. and 8th St. (802 Main), the Durango Welcome Center is a one-stop “information” shop for all that Durango and surrounding La Plata County offers to visitors and locals.
Its realization is a result of a unique collaboration of four key entities: Durango Business Improvement District (BID), Durango Area Tourism Office (DATO), Fort Lewis College (FLC) and the City of Durango, plus key support from FASTSIGNS of Durango and a broad cross-section of the community.
The Center is a go-to location for tickets, updates on attractions and events, plus comprehensive information regarding educational opportunities at Fort Lewis College, Durango’s in-town, four-year institution of higher learning.
In calendar year 2013, over 102,000 people visited the Durango Welcome Center. The Durango Visitor’s Center, located at Santa Rita Park in the Durango Chamber of Commerce Building, saw over 40,000 people come through that facility.
Tickets – Restaurants – Durango Activities – Fort Lewis College – Restrooms
The interiors of the Welcome Center include oversized dioramas, which, at a glance inform visitors of the variety of experiences available. At floor level, the main area of the Center features decorated “vignettes” sponsored by different entities including the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Durango Mountain Resort and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and more.
Fort Lewis College, in addition to its vignette, offers van tours of the campus during the day. The Center is also the Ticket Office for the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Short term parking for ticket pick-up is available on 8th St. adjacent to the front door.
Large screen televisions as well as computer monitors are included throughout the facility, offering visitors access to information and enhanced video experiences of activities and attractions in and around the Durango area.
Physical brochures and maps are also available, and the welcome desk is staffed by DATO’s Visitor Information Specialists to assist guests in planning their stay in Durango. In a phrase, the Center is an example of “High Tech/High Touch.”
The Center also includes six public restrooms, a water station for bottle fill-up, and a bank ATM. Dogs – on leash – are welcomed. Free wi-fi is available along with electric outlets to charge your phone, tablet or other device.
The storefront formerly housed Durango Music. The total first floor contains 2,666 square feet including 1,795 square feet of Welcome Center “main” space and 110 square feet in three large window display areas. Back of the house includes a conference room, kitchen and public restrooms occupying 857 square feet. DATO and Concert Hall offices on the second floor occupy 857 square feet.
Main Welcome Center………………………………………… 970.247.3500
Durango Area Tourism Office………………………………… 866.631.7011
Community Concert Hall Ticket Office………………………970.247.7657
Fort Lewis College………………………………………………970.247.7176
Durango Business Improvement District…………………….970.375.5067
City of Durango Central Business District Office……………970.375.5065
Durango Area Tourism Office (DATO)
DATO is a not for profit organization operating with the mission to promote Durango and La Plata County’s multitude of tourism attractions. As a destination marketing organization, DATO provides strategic sales and marketing programs promoting our area for the benefit of visitors and local stakeholders.DATO is funded by a lodging tax collected on lodging rooms in Durango and La Plata County. Tourism staff reports to a 13-person Board of Directors; board members represent the depth of tourism in La Plata County and they fairly represent all entities within their specific sector of the industry.
Durango Business Improvement District (BID)
The Durango Business Improvement District was formed in 1997 with a goal and mission to support businesses within the District by assisting with special event marketing, providing research on topics of concern to the District (facilities, special events, best practices), planning and development of new facilities, and providing capital budget for equipment that enhances business in the District. Funding is generated by a 2 mill levy on property owners within the district, with additional marketing dollars contributed by the City of Durango and Durango Area Tourism Office. BID Board members are Bob Allen, presiding officer; Karen Barger, Rod Barker, John Wells and Tim Wheeler.
Fort Lewis College
Fort Lewis College is a selective public liberal arts college located on the mesa above downtown Durango. FLC offers baccalaureate degrees in 30 majors, with specially accredited programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, and Marketing; Athletic Training; Chemistry; Engineering Physics; Music; and Teacher Education. Students enjoy individualized attention from faculty through an average class size of 22 and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1, and broad opportunities for real-world learning experiences through internships, study abroad, service learning, and undergraduate research. With nearly 4,000 students on its uniquely scenic campus, Fort Lewis College and Durango together form an active, energetic, creative, and close-knit community.
The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.