A Travel Price Comparison for Colorado Durango vs. Beaver Creek for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Durango or Beaver Creek?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Durango and Beaver Creek. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Durango or Beaver Creek?


Located in the State of Colorado, in the Rocky Mountains, Durango is on the tourist maps because of its historic narrow gauge railroad that connects the city to the town of Silverton. Durango has a population of just over 16,000 and it is only a short distance from the "four corners" area where New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado all meet. The landscape surrounding Durango is quite impressive and includes the Animas River Valley, the San Juan Mountains, and some beautiful red sandstone bluffs.

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek is a popular ski resort and small village in Colorado. It's located up the mountain from the town of Avon, and it has a more resort and village vibe. The resort is made up of three areas - Beaver Creek Village, Bachelor Gulch, and Arrowhead.

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Which place is cheaper, Beaver Creek or Durango?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Durango is $153, while the average daily cost in Beaver Creek is $316. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Durango and Beaver Creek in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Durango $79
    Beaver Creek $203
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Durango $158
    Beaver Creek $406
Compare Hotels in Durango and Beaver Creek

Looking for a hotel in Durango or Beaver Creek? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Durango

Hotels in Beaver Creek

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Durango Hotel Prices and Beaver Creek Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Durango $27
    Beaver Creek $30

Is it cheaper to fly into Durango or Beaver Creek?

Prices for flights to both Beaver Creek and Durango change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Durango $50
    Beaver Creek $85

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Durango $46
    Beaver Creek $53
Typical Entertainment Prices in Durango

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Durango's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Hot Springs (for 2)
  • Tubing (for 2)

Tours and Activities in Durango

For Durango, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Scenic Waterfall's & Ghost Town Jeep Tour La Plata's~ 2.5 hours: $84
  • 12-Zipline Adventure in the San Juan Mountains near Durango: $173
  • 12-zipline Adventure in the San Juan Mountains near Durango: $173
  • 4 Hours Durango Colorado - Jeep Tour : $102
  • 6-Zipline Adventure in the San Juan Mountains near Durango: $140
  • 6-zipline Adventure in the San Juan Mountains near Durango: $140
  • 700 Year Tour - Half Day Mesa Verde Cultural Tour: $108
  • Colorado: Million Dollar Highway Self-Driving Audio Tour: $14
  • Durango Jeep Tour — La Plata Canyon: $130
  • Durango Puzzling Adventure: $35
  • Durango Rafting - Animas River Adventure Day: $185
  • La Plata Canyon Exclusive Access Jeep Tour: $99

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Durango $30
    Beaver Creek $35

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Durango and Beaver Creek, we can see that Beaver Creek is more expensive. And not only is Durango much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Durango would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Durango and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Beaver Creek would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Beaver Creek than you might in Durango.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Durango Expensive? and Is Beaver Creek Expensive?.