- Where is parking most available?
- Transit Center/ parking for downtown workers
- Specialty parking: Motorcycles and large vehicles
- Parking where there are no meters
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.
Transit Center 250 West 8th Street
The City of Durango Transit Center is conveniently located at 250 West 8th Street. This is the place to buy daily or monthly parking passes.
Once at the Transit Center lot, please find a spot for your vehicle and walk into the main building where a pass can be purchased to park in the lot or ride the transit system.
The Transit Center is located between 7th and 8th Streets just east of and bordering Camino Del Rio, which is Hwy 550 going through town.
If you work in downtown Durango, the cheapest solution for parking a vehicle are the city lots, which are $30 or less per month. The Transit Center has the highest daily vacancy and is conveniently located to the downtown area. Additionally, our Transit system is award winning, and a monthly pass is only $30 or less with available discounts. For any questions about the Transit System please check their web site, or call 970-375-4940. Our Transit busses have free bike carriers if you would like to combine those two transportation modes.
Parking at meters is generally more available and less expensive further from Main Avenue. Meters are for short term use and priced accordingly.
Large vehicles, RVs and vehicles pulling trailers
Use the Transit Center parking facility at 250 West 8th St. where you can buy a day pass and where we have end-to-end, double length spaces. Spaces fit long vehicles, or vehicles pulling trailers. If you need to leave your vehicle overnight, please inquire with the cashier when you get your pass so they can confirm there is no overnight prohibition during your stay. Camping is prohibited at the Transit Center.
Another solution if you require on-street parking but don’t fit in a single space, is to use two adjoining spaces. This is perfectly legal as long as you pay for both spaces and fit in the combined spaces. Generally, overlength vehicles have the hardest time and cause the most problems on diagonal spaces, where the rear of the vehicle impedes traffic in the adjoining traffic lane and is subject to citation.
Motorcycles may park at any regular car space and as many motorcycles as can fit in the space may park there as-long-as the time is paid on the meter. The City has also created motorcycles specific spaces which are smaller and where cars are not allowed to park. Click here to see these spaces are marked on this map for your convenience.
- 3 spaces total: 1000 block of Main Avenue (in front of Tucson's Barber Shop)
- 2 spaces total: 900 block of Main Avenue (between the Durango Diner and El Rancho Restaurant)
- 4 spaces total: W. 100 block of 9th Street (next to Brown's Shoe Fit)
- 3 spaces total: 1100 block of Main Avenue (north west corner next to Trolley stop)
If you must park in the residential neighborhoods, please:
- Do not block access for the owners, fire hydrants or encroach on the intersections;
- Park at least 20 feet from a crosswalk or where two sidewalks arrive where is it considered a crosswalk;
- At least 5 feet from a driveway;
- At least 30 feet from a traffic control signal or sign (this includes stop signs), and;
- At least 15 feet from any intersection lacking a crosswalk or traffic sign.
Parking meter enforcement hours
Parking enforcement is year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- There is no parking enforcement on holidays or weekends
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.
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 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.
On these days the parking meters are free, but other ordinances (red zones, registration, bus zones, no parking 2-5 a.m., etc.) are still enforced:
- New Year's Day,
- Martin Luther King Day,
- Presidents' Day,
- Independence Day,
- Indigenous Peoples' Day,
- Veterans' Day,
- Thanksgiving Day,
- Christmas Day, and;
- Such additional holidays as may by resolution be declared applicable.