Coronavirus flushed Colorado rafting in 2020

Colorado’s river communities endured a $36 million decline in commercial rafter spending in 2020, all flushed downriver in the pandemic. Colorado’s rafting industry hosted 112,000 fewer commercial...

DATE: May 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Durango’s 35 parks that ‘make life better’

On a warm, sunny day, Durango’s parks transform into community centers where people relax and both kids and grownups can play. But if park visitors take a deeper look at the city’s green spaces,...

DATE: May 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vallecito Marina did just fine in 2020. What will this summer bring?

The Vallecito Marina opens Saturday, and several local residents expect a strong season for recreation and the community’s economy. The marina is one of the main attractions for visitors to the...

DATE: April 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado mountain towns rebound – and then some – from coronavirus

John Norton, Gunnison County’s tourism czar, was talking to his board last April. The ski resort had closed abruptly. Lodging and restaurants were closed. Visitors were being told to leave. The...

DATE: April 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Durango business leaders back lodgers tax support committee

Five people, all leaders in Durango’s business community, are the primary funders of a campaign committee advocating for the Durango lodgers tax to be increased. The only measure on the April 6...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

D&SNG celebrates 40 years as tourist draw in Southwest Colorado

Forty years ago, the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad faced an uncertain future. The heyday of hauling gold, silver and other metals from the mines around Silverton to be...

DATE: March 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will Durangoans pass a lodgers tax increase?

As the April 6 city election approaches, Durango residents are weighing the pros and cons of a proposed lodgers tax increase in addition to their choices for City Council candidates. Ballot measure...

DATE: March 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango groups call lodgers tax a ‘landmark effort’

In fall 2019, representatives of tourism, lodging, events and arts organizations gathered in the Strater Hotel’s Oak Room. Their goal: to negotiate a lodgers tax increase proposal to pitch to...

DATE: March 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Mask marshals’ bring Old West and COVID-19 awareness to Durango

With a “Howdy, partner” and a face covering in hand, actors in Old West costumes are helping Durango organizations encourage mask wearing in the city’s downtown. The Durango Mask Marshal program...

DATE: March 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Train lovers rejoice: Durango railroad will resume trips to Silverton

In a major breakthrough, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad announced Friday it would resume trips to Silverton in May. “It’s hard to believe the last passenger train that went up to...

DATE: March 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tourism 2020: Not great, but Southwest Colorado dodged a bullet

A year ago, as the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic came into focus, Durangoans who count on tourism braced for what they feared might be a lost season. While numbers looked grim initially, Durango’s...

DATE: March 7, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lodgers tax comes up big in La Plata County, despite pandemic

La Plata County saw a significant increase in revenue from a tax on hotels and vacation rentals in 2020, a likely result of more tourists visiting Southwest Colorado amid the COVID-19 pandemic. La...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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