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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

Just wondering if anyone has visited DRO recently and if so, how was the visit? I'll be flying into DRO from DEN on 9/10 and I'll have about four hours to kill before I fly back. From the pictures I've seen, it looks like there's not much around it. How's the spotting there (limited traffic, I know)? Any restaurants in the terminal or nearby? Seems like I'll miss being able to visit the Durango Mountain Resort by a little over a week, so can anyone recommend anything to see/do in the town itself? Thanks for any and all suggestions.

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User currently offlineAWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1988 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2342 times:

I flew in there last month on July 4th. It's a nice, small airport...easy in/easy out. Not much ramp space...maybe 3-4 planes at most. All you're gonna get are Lynx DH4's, UAex CRJ's and DH2's, and USex DH2's.

As far as Durango...raft the Animas river....take the choo choo to Silverton. My wife and I stayed at the Lodge at Tamarron last month...and it sucked. Stay at the Doubletree in Durango.


User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2174 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

Skip the Doubletree, stay at the Strater. It's awesome.

User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2300 times:



Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 1):
Stay at the Doubletree in Durango.



Quoting Travatl (Reply 2):
Skip the Doubletree, stay at the Strater. It's awesome.

Would be nice, but I'll only be there for four hours.  Wink


User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2174 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

Why only there for four hours? Making an odd connection, or just checkin' the place out?

User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2271 times:



Quoting Travatl (Reply 4):
Why only there for four hours? Making an odd connection, or just checkin' the place out?

Basically going to take a ride on F9's new Q400. It was a final choice (due to price) between ICT and DRO, and I figured the flight over the mountains sounds nicer than a flight over the prairies. Besides...I do love CO mountain towns.


User currently offlineG4resagent From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2246 times:



Quoting Travatl (Reply 2):
stay at the Strater.

It is amazing. I stayed there a while back over Christmas. http://www.strater.com/


User currently offlineORDflier From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2175 times:

Make sure you get a seat on the right side (facing forward) out of Denver as you will get some pretty amazing views on descent into Durango (usually). The entire route is very scenic.

Cheers-
ORDflier



ORDflier
User currently offlineDurangoMac From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2067 times:

I moved away from DRO about a year ago and wish I could move back.

Downtown is alot of fun, about 15-20 minute drive. Lots of good restaurants and shops.

The airport is small but can handle up to 6 aircraft on the commercial ramp but you will probably never see more than 2-3 while you're there and typically no more than 4. There is a deli at the airport but I would go into town and have a good meal there. Spotting is kind of sparse because not alot of activity but you do sometimes get the rare chance to see some big military aircraft doing touch and goes, those are fun.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

Thanks for the suggestions. I figure I'll catch a cab and spend a couple of hours in town.

User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2174 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

The last time I was at DRO airport, I was an agent for AA, working a seasonal MD80. Man, the thing looked massive on that ramp. But yeah, the town is AWESOME. Grew up just over the state line in FMN (suckfest), so know the town well... the airport may not be as fun as the days when FL (the old frontier) was flying 732s, HP was flying 732s, and Aspen/UAX was flying CV580s and BAe146s in, but the airport was also more of a shack. Enjoy the time there....

User currently offlineDurangoMac From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2044 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 9):
I figure I'll catch a cab and spend a couple of hours in town.

I would recommend Buckhorn, much better than Durango Transportation and cheaper.


User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

Flew in to Durango back in the mid 90's aboard an AA MD-80. Back then the airport was small but nice. Besides the plane I flew in aboard the only other aircraft I saw was an America West Express turboprop. So needless to say, aircraft movements are sparse.

As for the town of Durango, lots of nice shops, a train ride, and some pubs and restaurants. Worth a few hours to visit.


User currently offlineAirlineBrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1668 times:

I lived in Durango and went to Fort Fun...er I mean Fort Lewis College for a year in 1985-6. Too bad you are only there for a short time. The city and area is spectacular. There are quite a few historic old buildings in the downtown area. The region is an outdoorsman's paradise. Telluride is just a few hours away and one of the most beautiful parts of the world I have visited. The Telluride Bluegrass festival is a weekend of eye and ear candy.

The airport (DRO) is about a 20 minute drive or so from town. It is not far from the New Mexico border. When I lived there, I mostly flew on Aspen Airways Convair 580s between DRO and DEN. I also flew on a Trans-Colorado Metro down to ABQ then caught Eastern Airlines from there to MCI and EWR. DEN Stapleton was closed due to the somewhat annual pre-Thanksgiving blizzard. In the mid-80's the original America West flew 737-200's between PHX and DRO. I often saw the late morning/early afternoon flight while waiting for my Aspen flight to Stapleton.

Have a nice trip. I do recommend visiting the area again when you have more time. It is definitely worth it. Winter or summer. Purgatory or what do they call it now?, Durango Mountain? has epic skiing and rarely has any lift lines. Or at least it didn't in the mid-80's  .

[Edited 2008-08-18 23:57:15]


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User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3157 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1648 times:

I've been there to pick people up, but never had the opportunity to fly in. The airport is out on a mesa southeast of the city. A friend told me landing there was like landing on an aircraft carrier, though he was familiar with neither aircraft carriers nor flying! The airport is within the Ute Indian Reservation, IIRC. It looks and feels pretty isolated, but as former residents say above, the drive back into town is less than half an hour (~15 miles).

Not to go off topic, but this topic reminded me: Do any of you remember when little Animas Airpark (00C), closer to town, also had scheduled service, briefly? In the late 70s or early 80s, I recall one helicopter service, and one fixed-wing (single engine or light twin, I think) airline with service to either ABQ or PHX. Wish I had some timetables to prove it, or even a name of an airline. One of them had a yellow logo, and that's all I remember.

-Rampart


User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6120 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1606 times:



Quoting AirlineBrat (Reply 13):
In the mid-80's the original America West flew 737-200's between PHX and DRO.

There was more than one America West? Boy, that's news to me!



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User currently offlineAWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1988 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1568 times:



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 15):
There was more than one America West? Boy, that's news to me!

The original America West was better then the craptastic airline they've turned themselves into now.


User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6120 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1543 times:



Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 16):
The original America West was better then the craptastic airline they've turned themselves into now.

But they aren't America West now, so my original sarcasm still stands, because for there to be an 'original', there has to be a second airline named 'America West,' like how there were 3 Braniffs.



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User currently offlineJalapeno From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

ha ha ha, memories....

last time i flew into Durango was on a Braniff 72 from DFW


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User currently offlineDurangoMac From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1492 times:



Quoting Jalapeno (Reply 18):
last time i flew into Durango was on a Braniff 72 from DFW

Braniff flew into DRO, that's news to me!  Smile


User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3157 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1461 times:



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 17):
But they aren't America West now, so my original sarcasm still stands, because for there to be an 'original', there has to be a second airline named 'America West,' like how there were 3 Braniffs.

You might consider the post-bankruptcy, post-Ed Beauvais America West as different from the original. But it's not the same as 3 incarnations of Braniff, true.

-Rampart


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