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  1. Where is parking most available?
  2. Transit Center/ parking for downtown workers
  3. Specialty parking: Motorcycles and large vehicles
  4. Parking where there are no meters

parking map Opens in new windowWhere is parking most available?

This map shows the average annual vacancies in easy-to-understand colors. Green shows where the average vacancy exceeds 26%, it's highly likely you will find available spaces in that block. Yellow stands for average vacancy of between 25% and 11%. What that means on a Main Avenue block is that the block would average between 2-5 spaces and therefore you are slightly less likely to find a space. Red means 10% or less vacancy and should be avoided so you don’t spend time cruising for a space. Click on the Map for an expanded view and meter pricing. 

On-street meter parking

The City of Durango has 30-minute, 3-hour, and 10-hour on-street meters in our Central Business District. Parking fees are in effect Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn about convenient ways to pay for parking at metered spaces and how to purchase GEM smart cards here.

Parking meter enforcement hours

  • Parking enforcement is year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Monday-Friday
  • There is no parking enforcement on holidays or weekends

On-street parking

The 30-minute, 3-hour, and 10-hour meters provide downtown parking options. Expired meters result in the issuance of parking citations.

There is NO on-street parking allowed in the Central Business District between 2-5 a.m. Vehicles parked on the street between those hours are subject to tow at the owner’s expense. Free overnight parking is available at any of the municipal parking lots (at the Transit Center and along 2nd Avenue) after 5pm.

Parking in time-restricted areas with no meters is subject to monitoring and over-time citations. Vehicles that do not obey all parking related signs are subject to violation enforcement.

Persons with Disabilities

Durango has several designated parking spaces for persons with disabilities and who need the extra space to load and unload a mobility device, such as a wheelchair. Those accessible spaces are located in each of the City’s parking lots and on the west side of main on the side streets. All vehicles parked in these designated spaces must display a state issued license plate or placard provided to qualified persons with disabilities to park in these reserved parking spaces. 

Some of these spaces have designated time limits which must be obeyed, or the vehicle can receive a citation. The City allows persons with a properly displayed placard or plate to use any metered spaces for an unlimited time without paying the meter, (see Policy below). We ask that people parking at meters try to avoid the 30 Minute meters as they are very few and are located specifically in high turnover areas. While a placard or plate exempts payment at that meter, all other regulations must be followed, such as parking within the marked space, not parking from 2am to 5am and any other municipal or state laws.

Policy 4.1 Persons with State Issued Disability Placards or Plates and Disabled Veterans Plates and Government Vehicles on Official Business
 Purpose: Convenient parking for persons with disabilities and government vehicles on official business.
 Guidelines:
 1. Properly issues Placards/Plates and Disabled Veteran Plates are verified by the DMV before being issued to patrons.
 2. Placards/Plates can be identified by matching the Placard number to the patron’s identification card.
 3. Patrons with said plates or placards may park at any metered space without feeding the meter with placard VISIBLY hanging. This same courtesy is applied to patrons driving a government plate on official business.
 4. The only exception is patrons with government vehicles on official business and handicap placards/plates cannot park at 30-minute meters.
 5. Patrons with disability plates/placards may park in any handicap space but are limited to the time frame which the sign allows. The placard must have a Valid date Visible for ALL issuing states.
 6. The placard may only be used if the owner of the placard is present in or transported by the vehicle.

Parking revenue

Parking revenue is placed in a designated special fund called Transportation Services. In order to reduce vehicle congestion in Durango, revenue from citations, permits and parking meters is used to meet future parking needs and offset the operational costs of the Durango Transit and Multi Modal divisions.

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