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Parking Tips and Tricks

Parking Tips and Tricks

Parking During the Work Week:

Park off the hear of Main Avenue, and look on Narrow Gauge Avenue and E. 2nd Avenue first. The 1200 and 1300 block of Main Ave in the northern part of Downtown have many available spaces at most times. On Narrow Gauge, try the 600 and 700 blocks. And on E. 2nd Ave, try the 400, 500 and 1100 blocks.

BID suggests putting extra time on your meter to avoid a ticket, especially if you are not sure how long you will be. 25 cents might save you from a $25 ticket!

Park at 10 hour meters for all-day parking, these are found on the edges of Downtown. Look for the bands on the meter posts to determine the max amount of time you can put on a meter. Most meters are 3 hours, but there are a few 30 minute meters for quick trips, and then the 10 hour meters as well.

Get a parking card to avoid the hassle of having change available. Cards are available at the Transit Center and can be pre-loaded with any amount of money. The Transit Center is at 250 W. 8th Street.

Free meter parking on these holidays:

New Year's Day, MLK Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Downtown Employees:

For permit parking, the Transit Center lot ALWAYS has available spaces for permit parking. The three lots lots on E. 2nd Ave fill up quickly each morning, but you usually can find a spot until 9 am

Purchase a permit for 3 months or more and get a 15% discount! Park for less than $1 a day!

Click here for more information.

Weekend and Evening Parking:

Transit Center ALWAYS has available spaces on weeknights after 5 pm and all day on weekends. You can also park for free weeknights after 5 and all day on weekends at the City lots on E. 2nd Ave.

All meters are free after 6 pm, and all day on weekends.

Ride your bike, walk the River Trail, or take the bus to Downtown and avoid parking all together.


Accessible Parking 
Durango has several reserved parking spaces for people with disabilities.  All vehicles parked in these designated spaces must have a valid parking placard or license plate properly displayed. These spaces have designated time limits on the sign which must be obeyed for turnover and access. Approved vehicles remaining in a reserved accessible-designated parking space for more than the designated time may be cited. Those drivers with a properly displayed placard or plate may park for an unlimited time in a non-reserved metered space without activating the meter, other than the 30 minute metered spaces.

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