Parking shuttles on race day

Race day dilemma: Where to park in Durango?

In effort to simplify parking on race day, organizers of Durango’s opening USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage developed a parking shuttle plan.

There will be free parking at four locations with free shuttle service to the downtown area.

Free parking will be available at the Durango Mall on the south end of the city; at Durango High School and La Plata County Fairgrounds on the north; at Twin Buttes to the west; and at Fort Lewis College on the east.

Free shuttle buses will take spectators from those parking lots to the Transit Center downtown. From there, spectators can walk to the race course or take a shuttle to the Fort Lewis College campus.

The shuttles, which will include local school buses and other resort buses, will include a host or hostess to answer questions, direct visitors to downtown locations and provide historical tidbits.

The free shuttles to and from the parking lots will run continuously on race day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking in the downtown core will be limited severely by street closures for the race.

In addition, there will be special bicycle parking with valets in the downtown core. People are encouraged to ride bikes to the race.