Durango-La Plata County Airport DRO
serves as an access point for Colorado's Four Corner Region, Mesa Verde National Park and the ski areas of Wolf Creek and Telluride. DRO is owned by the City of Durango and La Plata County.
DRO Airport is located 15 miles southeast of the historic town of Durango, in southern Colorado, close to the border with New Mexico, and is accessible by US 160 and US 550.
With a very long runway and around 300K passengers a year, Durango Airport is presently served by American Eagle, Frontier, United Express and US Airways, offering nonstop daily service to some major US airport hubs, with connections worldwide.
The passenger terminal at Durango Airport
- open 24/7 - is modern and compact, and offers a great view of mountain peaks. The TSA checkpoint opens usually 90 mins before first departure of the day - until final departure flight of the day. Services include Wi-Fi access (Brainstorm, Free Public or 'Highspeed4U' pay WiFi options), a full-service restaurant & bar at pre-security, and a grab-&-go food store and a bar at post-security. It also offers a gift shop, an ATM machine and rental car counters. This terminal is in need for upgrades - however, this option has many constraints.
The TSA screening checkpoint usually opens 90 mins prior to first departure of the day until last departing flight.
Recent terminal upgrades included new carpeting & seating, new paint at departure lounge, and a second screening machine with advanced imaging technology .
Current airlines serving the terminal:
American - tel. 800 433 7300 - until August 22, 2016 AA offers Saturday flights to Los Angeles LAX.
United Express - tel. 800 864 8331.
Transportation: There are no public transport options;
however, you can rent a car, take a taxi , a limo, a hotel courtesy shuttle, or a bus:
Buck Horn Limousine 970-769-0933;
Durango Transportation 970-259-4818;
Mountain Transport @ DMR 970-426-7282
Telluride Express (to/from Telluride) 970-728-6000; and
Wilderness Journey (to/from Pagosa Springs) 970-731-4081.
Current & future Airport developments:
According to the Durango Herald article of March 2015 the City Council passed a resolution in support of pursuing a new $85M passenger terminal located to the East of the runway (referred to as 'Option 3'). The next steps were taken by the County commissioners. Durango's Mayor still prefers to have the current terminal overhauled instead. By Nov. 2015 a 2-year study on the environmental impacts of a proposed terminal expansion started.