Getting here, staying here, and making the most of your visit

Campus, Durango, and the La Plata Mountains as seen from Raider Ridge

Get directions to campus, download a campus map, and find out where to park. Read some local tips on staying comfortable while you're here, and get a taste for the region's many treasures and incredible adventures. 

Maps, directions, and parking

Taking care of yourself while you're here

Durango is dry, high, (6,512 feet above sea level, to be exact), and usually sunny (300+ sunny days a year). The semi-arid climate and altitude make it very important that you drink lots of water and protect yourself from UV rays while you’re here.

Dress for the weather and bring comfortable footwear, if you’ll be walking with us on our tour of campus. Spring and fall weather range from warm and sunny to cold, snowy, and windy. In other words, check the forecast before you come, and be ready for anything.

Discounts on lodging

If you’ll be staying at a hotel in Durango, be sure to mention that you’re visiting FLC. Many hotels offer discounts to visiting students and families. 

Get to know Durango

Historic Durango, Colorado is a thriving community in the beautiful Animas River Valley. This town of about 19,000 residents is nestled between the La Plata and San Juan Mountains to the north and the vast deserts of the Southwest to the south. Durango boasts and average of 300 sunny days per year and is renowned for its outdoor recreation opportunities, breathtaking scenery, and friendly people.

The Fort Lewis College campus sits atop a beautiful mesa that overlooks Durango in the valley below. If you’re feeling up for it, you can even walk from town to campus via the Sky Steps (529 steps in total!) or the half-mile Nature Trail. Not up for it? Don’t worry, there are also roads leading up to campus. Just use your phone or other device to navigate to “1000 Rim Drive” or use this Google Map. While you’re on campus, join us for one of our many events.

Check out the campus events calendar

Make the most of your visit

If you are from out-of-town and you want to make the most of your visit, please stop by the Durango Welcome Center at the corner of Main Ave. and 8th St. in downtown Durango. Our friends and the Welcome Center are eager to help you to find fun, exciting, or relaxing things to do. If you’d rather find things on your own, Visit Durango is a great place to start.

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