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    Durango is an old mining town, and a more recent haven for new age types... the harmonic convergence and the 4 corners area, you know. The houses are not the huge old Victorians one often sees, but more modest -- and charming -- houses for real people.


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    The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad - 45.4 miles each way along the Animas River from Durango to Silverton


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    altitude - 9318 feet settled - 1874 current population - 700 peak population - 5000 average total snowfall - >400 inches


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    Vallecito is a small reservoir about 20 miles from Durango (they say; it seemed farther). The lake is beautiful, and there are a number of wooden statues surrounding it, dedicated to the men and women who fought a large forest fire there in 2002.