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Today we were up and at it really really early this morning planning on putting quite a few miles behind us. Not that we haven't already been doing that! Anyhow, we took ourselves on a self guided tour of Old Town, a historic area of Alburquerque. This old town is centred around St Phillip Neri Church which formed the main centre of town in the old …
Ryan, Tyler and I decided to do a little bike backing trip from Silverton to Durango. A few years ago they did the entire Colorado trail and last summer Ryan was bragging about this section of the Colorado trail and how beautiful it was...So here we are. Was it beautiful - absolutely. Was it a bike ride - Not really. It took us 10 hours to ride 40 miles the ...
... 6 other
people and a couple dogs in the same camp spot that evening.
The next morning we were off to hit the highest point of the Colorado
Trail, 13,254 ft., near the summit of Coney Peak. It seemed like we'd
never reach it as we kept climbing up and descending back down to the
original elevation (ugh). What a day! We camped in Lost Lake Basin that
evening with our new found friends: Dave, Tracy, and Josie the Packing
Dog. (12,250 ...
... by fallen trees. So we continued on US 50 to Montrose, then on 550 South to Ouray, an historic little town full of character and amazing period buildings.
And the day was to finish beautifuly with more passes (Red Mountain at 11,018 ft and Molas at 10,910 ft) and a stop at Silverton, a small town we visited 20 years ago, start of the Silverton-Durango historic railway line. Nothing has really changed here, ...
... checked into our hotel, did a bit of work, then headed off to dinner. Had a good dinner at an Italian restaurant (way too much food; we have enough for two more meals); then strolled up and down the high street. Bought a few books and pondered the fact that the County Parole office has a window-front in the center of the shopping district. Then back for more work, and bed. Long but great day. So tired. Will dream of cave dwellings tonight.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Iron Horse Inn Durango
GREAT PLACE!!! We had an awesome time here! The loft idea is fantastic! We had a beautiful view of the animas valley as well as the breath taking mountains that surround durango. We personally recomend this place to everyone! Its GREAT! It was very quiet and peaceful. The pool area is perfect for the kids, as well as hot tub and saunna for the adults. They have one for the friendlyest staffs at a hotel, and great coustomer service! An A+++ in our book!
Please do not waste your money or time. This is an old and delapedated hotel complex. I should have done more research.....I agree with the lady who wrote the last review. It looked like a beat up trailer park.
One step above the tent camp in Nat'l Lampoons Vacation
I was very skeptical when I arrived and as soon as I saw the room I nearly threw up.
Leaky faucets, bugs flying around, filthy carpet, heavy chemical oder from cleaning supplies with no evidence of cleanliness, broken (and glued back together) toilet seat (replacement cost: $4.99) YUCK!, seedy garage sale decor, cigarette burns on the furniture, basic crappy 1970's style. A real mish-mash.
I think they must make a great profit by charging their customary 50% of your daily rate sur-charge for early check outs.
Word to the wise. If you are brave enough to give it a try, make sure you see the room before signing the contract!
I was so turned off because of this dump that I left Durango all together and went on to more beautiful pastures.
Would stay again - cute and cozy
I was a little wary when we pulled into the parking lot, but once we got into the room, I was pleasantly surprised. I like the loft and the fireplace and the room, although not sparkling, was clean and cozy. The management was accommodating and the breakfast in the restaurant was very good. We stayed here in June 2003 and as there were only two of us, we didn't really use the loft. We will stay again this year when we go back to Durango.
Just returned from a 2 week trip to Southeast Colorado and Utah. Stayed in several hotels and found the Iron Horse to be lowest on the list this trip. The inn has the appearance of an old apartment complex that is deserted. We arrived around 4pm and felt like we were in a ghost town. At first glance, the room appeared okay, but on further review it had pet hair on the furniture (which I have allergies too), the towels, sheets, blankets, and pillow cases were all stained, the downstairs tub facet dripped non-stop, and little pressure in the downstairs shower. The upstairs was very warm as the air-conditioner is downstairs. The one vent upstairs was covered by a bedside table. There was a large pool area but we were told they had to "condition it" and we wouldn't be able to get in for a while. Didn't really want to though as it appeared to have skim on the top and lots of tree seeds floating in it. The hot tub worked but was not very hot (cause for concern of bacteria growth). The game room air-conditioning and ice machine was out of order. The free breakfast lacked and only 2 plastic knifes were provided for the entire motel. But the most disturbing part of our stay came during the night. Noises suggestive of varmints could be heard periodically in the walls and ceiling. That along with the hollering in the parking lot at 1 am was enough to lose any vote of confidence from our family. On a positive note, the rooms were two-leveled allowing our children to spread out some.
Great in cool weather
From the Outside the Iron Horse Inn doesn't look like much. But when we got in our room we were pleasantly surprised by the cozy set-up. It had a fireplace downstairs with stairs leading to upstairs loft. It doesn't look like a hotel room. I was also surprised with the Micro. and refrigerator for the price range of around $80 a night. The catch was you were not able to sleep in the upstairs loft because of the heat. The A/C was not capable of cooling off the upstairs, which meant my kids sleep on the floor downstairs. We were there in June. Also don't count on a view unless you get the trackside rooms. I would recommend this place highly if going in cool weather or only have 2 people.
We liked it, quiet and relaxing
The two level layout was nice, as my daughter loved having the loft to herself, and I could keep the TV on without distrurbing her at night.
Also nice about it was that there was no room above, and thus no pounding feet and other noises from above. Otherwise the rooms are so-so, but certainly agreeable for the price. The trackside rooms were very quiet and pleasant, with horse pastures out beyond the tracks, and picnic tables trackside. It was neat to see the train come by late afternoon. The pool is closed for renovation, but we found out that we could use the DaysInn pool across the street. Would have been nicer to have been told this at checkin :-(. The exception to the quiet was 6:30 one morning, when the garbage truck emptied the dumpster outside our door (we were next to the pool).
Decent location for going skiing, but you'll be driving, or taking the trolley, to get dinner in town. The breakfast was a bit weak, with knockoff cereals used rather than the brand name labels the containers showed.
It was a nice find, I'd stay here again if we return to Durango.
Would highly recommend the Iron Horse
Very cool place to stay--all rooms have an upstairs loft with a 2nd bed. Kids would love it. The restaurant also had exceptionally good breakfast.
The Iron Horse was not all it was cracked up to be. The front desk staff was very helpful and sweet, trying to be as accomidating as possible, but the rooms themselves were not the greatest. The loft room was extreemly hot (we were there in the summer) and the ac would not cool it down. Also, the room did not seem to have been cleaned very well, as I found gum stuck to the night stand and just overall dirt.
The iron horse also rents some of the rooms long term to Durango drifters and it was a little uncomfortable at night with cars in the parking lot and people partying outside. I think the rooms need to be updated, and I know they are slowly renovating them, if I were to stay there again I would request one that has already been redone.
Off the beaten track-Large rooms with loft-reasonable
Off the beaten track - 5 miles north of Durango. Trolley to town every 20 minutes. Nice rooms with frig and BR loft. Durango-Silverton RR runs by hotel. Great for kids and RR buffs. Huge pool - adequate restaurant - excellent management.