With a beautiful historic downtown, great restaurants and music festivals throughout the year, Durango is a great place to stay on your southwest vacation. It is also home to a famous heritage steam train that runs between Durango and Silverton. And it is just 40 minutes to Mesa Verde National Park, making this an ideal base for your trip to the national park.
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Best Airbnb Durango, Colorado Comparison Guide
These quick reference tables are here to help you decide between different Mesa Verde lodging options.
Airbnbs vary in terms of their type, price and guest ratings. To make it easier to decide between Airbnbs, the following table lists each place’s key features, so you can see at a glance the main benefits of each.
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|Property||Photo||Type||Pets||Guests||Rating (/5)||Price & Availability|
|Five Star Style||Condo||No||2||4.9||CHECK NOW|
|Colorado Cabin||Cabin||Yes||3||4.9||CHECK NOW|
|One-off Hot Tub Cabin||Cabin||Yes||3||4.8||CHECK NOW|
|Mesa & Mountains Studio||Studio||No||3||4.9||CHECK NOW|
|Animas Valley Views||Studio||No||4||5.0||CHECK NOW|
|Red Duplex||Duplex||Yes||4||4.9||CHECK NOW|
|Tamarron Resort Studio||Studio||No||5||4.8||CHECK NOW|
|Cool Condo with Pool||Condo||No||6||4.8||CHECK NOW|
|Luxury Loft Living||Condo||No||6||4.9||CHECK NOW|
|Waterfall and Trails||House||Yes||6||4.9|
A quick guide to booking an Airbnb near Durango, Colorado/ in Durango
When choosing the best Airbnbs in Durango, we have separated them by location and then looked to find a range of different types, focusing on those that look great, are well-located and get great reviews from fellow travelers.
Types of Airbnbs in Durango
There are four main types of Airbnbs in Durango. Which type you will choose depends on other factors listed below, but first, let’s take a quick look at the types available.
A studio will generally offer open-plan, self-contained accommodation with a private entrance and smart sort of small kitchen.
Also referred to as apartments, condos offer more space than studios. If you’d like to stay in well-planned, conveniently located accommodation, then take a look at the condos listed here.
Located out of town, cabins offer a more rustic and rural living experience. Packed with character, they are often positioned in the most scenic spots.
The largest vacation rentals listed here are houses with three and four bedrooms. They offer lots of outdoor and indoor living space, and are thus ideal for families and groups.
Some of the options listed below are in or very close to downtown Durango. This gives guests the advantage of being close to all the shopping, eating and drinking establishments of the town center.
Out of town
There are a number of locations included here. None are too far from downtown Durango, and all are scenic spots surrounded by mountains, trees and trails.
Listings of the Best Airbnb Durango, CO
Five Star Style Apartment for 2
If you’re seeking hotels near Mesa Verde National Park but would prefer the privacy and flexibility of an Airbnb, check out this stylish condo.
Newly renovated, the space is perfect for a solo traveler or couple taking a vacation close to the mountains and deserts of Colorado. The sleek, modern space comprises a basement apartment in a historic local home, complete with friendly family pet. An open plan living space includes a kitchen with large stainless steel refrigerator and freezer and full cooker, a four-seater dining table and cozy lounge area. The bedroom is separate, with a Queen bed.
Colorado Cabin for 2-3
This cozy studio gives guests the feeling of getting away from it all, yet is just a few minutes from town.
Up to two dogs are permitted per party, so this is ideal for those seeking an Airbnb in Durango CO that is pet friendly.
The starting point of the Colorado trail is very close by, and guests can enjoy spectacular sunsets and mountain views from the large private deck, while vast windows also give great vistas from inside. One of the most highly rated cabin rentals in Durango, Colorado, the sleeping accommodation at this property is accessed via a ladder.
One-Off Hot Tub Cabin for 2-3
Stay somewhere truly unique with this one-of-a-kind Airbnb. A prime pick among cabins for rent in Durango CO, this property comes complete with a private hot tub. There is also a quirky, circular cedar sauna for guests’ use.
Positioned close to Purgatory Resort, the cabin also convenient for the Nugget Mountain Bar. In season, guests can watch the snow fall or the ski lift swing by from the hot tub. With a tiny house feel, this cabin is a little larger – perfectly proportioned for a couple plus their pet pooch.
Mesa & Mountains Studio for 3
If you’re wondering where to stay near Mesa Verde National Park, this studio is close to the Durango to Silverton train route as well as activities including fly fishing, zip lining, rafting, hiking and cycling. It is also just eight miles from downtown Durango.
This self-contained guest suite complete with kitchen facilities can sleep up to three. The elevated views over pine trees and fresh mountain air are best enjoyed from the backyard with private patio.
Animas Valley Views for 4
Sweeping views over the scenic Animas Valley can be yours when staying at this studio that’s made for a couple or small family. With its own private entrance, parking space and patio, this property gives guests great views over the red cliffs as well as easy access to local trails. The studio is just four miles from downtown Durango.
Use of a storage shed means you can also bring your own bikes with you. This home has a cozy fireplace and within walking distance of a local trolley stop.
Red Duplex for 4
Tucked away in a peaceful neighborhood is this red duplex home with large, sunny deck.
This light, bright property has everything you need for a great vacation, and the location offers the best of both worlds. It is just four blocks from downtown Durango, yet positioned in a quiet, friendly area.
There are two bedrooms and lots of facilities to ensure a pleasant, relaxing stay, including kitchen with granite worktops and dishwasher plus cable TV, WiFi, workspace, washing machine, dryer and BBQ.
Tamarron Resort Studio for 4-5
This stylish studio at the Glacier Club can sleep up to five, and is located in the golf and ski resort of Tamarron. For golf fans, it is one of the best places to stay in Durango, CO, as the owners can arrange for guests to play the Valley Course.
Families of four or five can be accommodated on a Queen bed, double futon bed and single air mattress. The location is convenient for Mesa Verde National Park as well as arrange of activities including winter skiing, snowboarding and sledding as well as hiking, horse riding, mountain biking and stand-up paddle boarding. Pools and fitness facilities are also available at the resort.
Cool Condo with Pool for 6
Located close to Fort Lewis College and local transport links, this super cool condo gives guests access to a hot tub and pool. If you’d like to stay somewhere stylish and convenient with great facilities, this condo could well be one of your top picks among places to stay near Mesa Verde National Park.
Unique features of this artist-owned property include the open plan layout, contemporary kitchen and high, vaulted ceilings. There are panoramic views over the Animas River Valley and Durango from the condo.
Luxury Loft Living for 6
If you’re a larger family or small group seeking accommodation in central Durango, look no further. This super sleek loft is only half a block from Main Avenue. For those seeking an Airbnb near Mesa Verde and downtown amenities, this checks both of those important boxes.
The interior decor is ultra stylish, and the spacious accommodation includes dining table and breakfast bar, cozy lounge furniture including a sofa bed and two light, airy bedrooms. Two parking spaces are provided in the locale, and the train station is also close by.
Waterfall & Trails for 6
This incredible home for six guests has unbeatable outdoor spaces. There is even a 3-foot waterfall on site. A relaxing creekside patio with seating and hammocks and a spacious deck ensure there is plenty of scope for outside living. Fishing plus hiking and biking trails are mere moments away, while Lemon Reservoir is three miles distant.
Downtown Durango is 14 miles away, and thus easily accessible by car. Two bathtubs including one with claw feet and three fireplaces make this the most memorable of holiday homes near Mesa Verde National Park.
Which is the best Airbnb in Durango for you?
We rate all the Airbnbs listed here very highly – as do numerous satisfied travelers. To read more reviews, click on the links below each listing.
What the best Airbnb for your vacation is will depend on factors such as the size of your party, whether or not you have a pet, whether you want to self-cater or be close to restaurants on downtown Durango, and amenities you are looking for. Whether you’re a couple looking to relax by the pool, a family looking to self-cater and entertain the kids or a group of friends traveling together, we hope this guide makes the selection process a little simpler and faster.
Wherever you decide to stay, I hope this handy guide to selecting the best Airbnb in Durango helps you have an incredible trip.
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James Ian has dedicated his life to travel and has traveled to 82 countries and all 7 continents. He’s visited all of the main national parks in the United States, as well as many national monuments and state parks.
As a national park expert, James has contributed to many publications, including Time Business News, Savoteur, and Wired. He also has several published detailed itineraries in addition to many free online guides.
James has rafted through the Grand Canyon; rappelled down slot canyons near Zion and Arches; hiked among the hoodoos in Bryce and the enormous trees in Sequoia; admired the waterfalls in Yosemite and the colored hot springs in Yellowstone; seen moose in Grand Tetons and seals in the Channel Islands, and much more.
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