With a rather spectacular setting in the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado and the Four Corners region, the friendly and outdoorsy town of Durango (population 18,000) has a rich history and a downtown abundant with cool old 19th-century and early-20th-century buildings, many of them housing bars, brewpubs, coffeehouse, and some terrific restaurants, not to mention indie boutique and galleries.
Home to Fort Lewis College and a good many artists and eco-minded folks, Durango has become increasingly popular with LGBT folks both as a place to live and visit. Each June, this small mountain city plays host to the 4 Corners Pride Festival - the dates this year are June 22 through 26, 2016, with several events taking place during the days leading up to Pride weekend.
The Pride fun kicks off on Wednesday, June 22, with a film showing at the Powerhouse Science Center. Other fun gatherings taking place that week are a Pride cocktail reception on Thursday at the gay-popular Rochester Hotel's Secret Garden, and a Pride Festival Dance Party on Friday at the Animas City Theatre.
On the big weekend, there's the Annual Animas River Float Parade on Saturday, which puts in at E. 33rd Street, with a takeout at the Powerhouse Science Center. This float parade (it's apt that the gay pride parade in Durango takes place on the river, as the residents of this town really enjoy being outside) takes place at 11 am.
There's a Pride Party that same evening at 6512' Restaurant.
Durango Gay Resources
The 4 Corners Pride Festival is produced by Durango's Four Corners Alliance for Diversity, which is also a very helpful resource for LGBT visitors - it even lists community contacts on its website. Four tourism information on the area, pay a visit to the very helpful Durango Area Tourism Office.
Durango is a bit of a haul from Denver - about a six-hour drive. It's a popular destination with visitors from New Mexico - the drive from Albuquerque takes 3.5 hours, and it's about the same (or slightly more) from Santa Fe.