Walmart had signage everywhere stating no overnight parking but there were other RVs parked in the lot. It doesn't hurt to ask so I spoke with Customer Service. At this point it was raining hard and I explained we didn't feel comfortable drive any further in the rain. Customer Service Ok'd parking towards the back.
We settled in and then made a quick trip to the Historic District and a quick dinner. Durango looks like a fascinating old town. The Historic District is full of upscale stores and eateries and appears very clean. If it hadn't been pouring rain, we would have spent more time exploring the old district.
The next morning we moved the Beaver to the visitor center parking, and headed out for a day trip to Silverton in the tow vehicle. Up until now the aspen had just started to turn, but on the way to Silverton and in the town of Silverton, the fall colors were at peak performance.
Silverton is an old mining town with lots of charm, but one of it's main attractions is the narrow gage railroad which travels from Durango. The train leaves Durango in the morning and stops in Silverton around lunch time for two hours before returning to Durango. We arrived in Silverton just after the train arrived and before it left again. The streets were busy with tourists, but I expected it to be much more crowed.
Silverton. Note the Durango Silverton train at the bottom of the picture.
The colors of the trees were brilliant
Silverton is known for extreme skiing. Note just some of the runs on the ski hill
Next stop about 60 miles down the road at Pagosa Springs Colorado.