BY CAR OR AIR –
Durango is easy to reach by road on two major U.S. Highways. From the west or east, visitors can arrive in Durango on U.S. Highway 160, a road once known as the Old Spanish Trail. From the north or south, visitors can arrive on U.S. Highway 550.
Above Durango, U.S. 550 is part of the scenic San Juan Skyway. Parts of the road share the former railroad grade of the Silverton Railroad. The section of U.S. 550 above Durango is sometimes referred to as the “Million Dollar Highway” a nickname that some say alludes to the millions of dollars in Silver that once was hauled on the old roadbed.
Below Durango, U.S. 550 from Albuquerque, New Mexico offers a modern four-lane divided highway. This approach to Durango is preferred by many travelers who fly to the International Airport in Albuquerque and drive the final distance to Durango, a trip just over three and a half hours by car.
Durango has a regional airport with jet aircraft service, the Durango-La Plata County Airport. The airport is served by four airlines. Frontier Airlines and United Airlines both serve Durango through Denver Hubs and US Airways offers flights through Phoenix. The newest addition is American Eagle Airlines. The airport is situated to the southeast of Durango. It is accessible from Durango by taking U.S. 550 South and then taking U.S. 160 East approximately 5.5 miles to Highway 172. From Hwy. 172, the airport is located on Airport Road, also known as C.R. 309, a right turn off of Hwy. 172.