About Us

HISTORY OF DURANGO

Courtesy of the historic Strater Hotel archives

1926 – 1983

In 1926, a group of Durango businessmen led by Earl A. Barker, Sr. formed an organization to buy the aging Strater Hotel and focused on refreshing the property.  Many famous people have stayed in Durango at the Strater Hotel.  Western author Louis L’Amour always asked for the room directly above the Diamond Belle Saloon: Room 222.  John F. Kennedy gave a speech at the Colorado State convention in The Strater. Other famous guests include President Gerald Ford, The Grateful Dead, and more!

In their quest to restore and continue the greatness of The Strater, Jentra and Earl Barker, Jr. collected American Victorian-era walnut furniture – which is now one of the largest collections in the world.

1983 – Today

The Strater Hotel’s renovation and its antique collection continued from 1983 under the direction and design of Strater President Roderick E. Barker, the son of Earl and Jentra, and continued the grand tradition of historic Durango, Colorado.  Beautiful, hand-printed Bradbury and Bradbury wallpapers and historical shadow boxes are located throughout the hotel and restaurants/bars.

Intricate woodwork and the antiques make The Strater a living history museum, and Durango a place where one can step back into the history of the Old West enjoyed by guests and locals alike.

Resort Information

Check-in and check-out: Check-out is at 11 a.m. and check-in is at 2 p.m.
Deposit: A deposit equal to the reservation amount is required to confirm your stay.
 
Cancellation Policy: Reservations canceled greater than 30 days of the date of arrival incur a $35 fee. For reservations canceled 30 days or sooner than the arrival date, 50% of the deposit is forfeit.
Pets: We welcome pets, however, we ask that all guests clean up after their pets and do not leave them 
unattended. There is a $10 charge per pet per day (maximum of 2 pets per site).
Visitors: All visitors to the park must check in at the front desk. 
 
Pool: Our heated pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. There is no lifeguard on duty. All 
an adult must accompany children under the age of 16. Swim diapers are required for babies and 
toddlers. The pool is open from 9 a.m. to sundown. 
 
Hours of Operation (as of June 1, 2022):
The Front desk/Retail and Grocery Store building is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily.
The Game Room is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily.
The Laundry Room is open 24 hours. 
The café is open from 2-8 p.m., Thursday-Monday. 

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