Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Durango Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
Once we reached the terminal there was nothing except one gift shop with things such as ‘Travel Games!’. – trackracer11
DRO Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Durango-La Plata County Airport.
What to expect
Durango Airport (code: DRO) consists of a tiny terminal with few amenities. There is a gift shop and restaurant on the landside and a bar with snack food on the airside. Bathrooms are described as exceptionally small. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.
Where to Sleep
After security checkpoints close for the night, all passengers are restricted to the landside areas, and must re-clear security the next day when the checkpoints open. Airport staff and security are described as friendly, and do not seem to mind people sleeping in the terminal. There is a lounge area with armrest-free seating near the ticketing/check-in counters. Consider eyeshades to block out the bright lighting and earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones to block out the all-night, streaming public service announcements. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
There are no pay-per-use lounges at the airport.
If sleeping in Durango Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Sky Ute Casino & Resort – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Durango Central Durango – (20 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle service to the airport (7:00AM – 11:00PM) and surrounding area (within 3 mile radius). » Check Rates
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Durango – (20 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle service to the airport and surrounding area (within 3 mile radius). » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Durango Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Airport WiFi / Internet
Free WiFi is available at the Durango Airport. Connect to the “DRO_Wifi” network.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, across from the giftshop.
Currency Exchange – Not available.
Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: The Durango Deli full service restaurant & bar (landside) and Durango Deli grab-n-go food and cocktail lounge (airside).
Information Desk – Not available.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Mobile Charging – A reader tells us “There is what looks like a high-top cocktail table for cell phone charging in the far corner of the terminal on the air-side.” (December 2019)
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Shopping – The airport’s only shop is La Plata Gifts, located landside.
Showers – Not available.
The airport is open 24 hours. The TSA security checkpoints open 90 minutes before the first flight and close after the last flight.
Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning.
From the Durango Airport web site: “The terminal is open 24 hours per day for the convenience of our passengers. Seating, restrooms, water, and vending machines are available at all times. “
Durango airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines • United Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Car rental desks are located in the baggage claim area. The following car rental agencies are located onsite: Alamo • Avis • Enterprise • Hertz • National.
Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn • DoubleTree by Hilton Durango • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Durango Central • Homewood Suites by Hilton Durango • Sky Ute Casino & Resort
Taxis and Shuttles
It is highly recommended to book taxi or shuttle transportation in advance. For a current list of ground transportation service providers, visit the City of Durango website.
Last updated: 2020-01-26
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.