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Getting to Durango: Flying

Road tripping to Durango provides ample opportunities for things to do and see, but if you’re anxious to spend more time in Durango, flying is an excellent choice. Fortunately, flying to Durango is easy. The Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO) features multiple daily direct and connecting commercial flights and is a mere 19 miles from the heart of downtown Durango.

Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix

If you’re flying by way of Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) or Phoenix (PHX), you’ll find convenient daily service direct to Durango through American Airlines. In the Los Angeles (LAX) area? During the summer months, you can fly direct to Durango on the weekends via American.


Coming by way of Denver? The drive to Durango from Denver is around six and a half hours and offers beautiful, exhilarating scenery. Flying from Denver (DEN) saves a tremendous amount of time, though, clocking in at only 40 minutes in the air. United Airlines offers multiple trips daily from Denver.


The closest international airport to Durango is in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There isn’t a direct flight from Albuquerque (ABQ), but it is a scenic and simple three and half hour drive to Durango. For some ideas on fun things to do in Albuquerque while you’re there, be sure to check out our blog on Driving to Durango.

Private Planes

If you’re not flying commercially, the Durango-La Plata County Airport accommodates private aircraft in addition to medical and military craft. It is a full-service regional airport whose terminal is open 24/7.

Durango-La Plata County Airport

Once you’ve landed at the Durango airport, you can rent a vehicle at one of five rental agencies located at the airport. If you’d like to sit back and take in the gorgeous mountain scenery, give us a call. Customers of Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours receive discounts on Durango airport pickup and drop-off, plus we offer multi-day rental options, including jeeps suitable for your off-road adventures.

Flying to Durango is convenient. Let us make your vacation even easier by helping plan your travel to and from the airport so you can start having adventures right away.

Durango-La Plata County Airport

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