Wednesday, June 10, 2009

'A bit of grease' in Durango's silver spoon


DURANGO, Colo (MTN).—Durango has never been a high-end destination resort. True, the town fills with tourists each summer, most drawn to take the narrow-gauge train to Silverton. And in winter there's a ski area up the road.

But Durango exudes a more earthy, blue-collar feel than even those ski towns that once were mining towns. Durango Telegraph co-editor Will Sands, formerly of Crested Butte and Telluride, says Durango has some hard edges, what he calls "a bit of grease in the town's silver spoon."

Yet with plenty of biking trails, whitewater through the middle of town, and sharply defined mountains in the distance, it's at no loss for outdoor amenities.

"Yep, I've seen the royal Hollywood treatment inflicted on two birds of paradise and can tell you first-hand that there are worse creatures lurking in the night than Desert Rock," says Sand, alluding to a proposed power plant about 50 miles away.

"We're a pint of excellent microbrew with a thumb-print on the glass," he concludes.

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