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Will they come? Locals optimistic

Signs point to best summer tourist season in years
Laura Knight works behind the bar at the newly renovated Derailed Pour House. Owner Todd Gibson hopes the more social atmosphere of the bar and eatery at 725 Main Ave. will translate into increased business.
Scott and Sheelagh Williams of Ridgway check in at The Leland House on Friday afternoon before going out to enjoy the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. Leland House owner Kirk Komick and other Durango business owners think this could be the bounce-back year for summer tourism.
Patrons gather at the newly renovated Derailed Pour House.
Betty Backer of Taos, N.M., checks in Friday at the Rochester Hotel. Backer said she visits Durango and stays overnight at least once a year. Reservations already appear strong for many local hotels in Durango. At left is Terisa Clark.
Backcountry hikes in Mesa Verde National Park

Oak Tree House
1-mile hike to Oak Tree House, a 60-room site built on two ledges.
Group size: 10 people.
Tickets: $25 per person.
Available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from May 28 to Sept. 7.
Spring House
8-mile hike to Spring House, the largest unexcavated cliff dwelling in the park.
Group size: 10 people.
Tickets: $40 per person.
Available Sundays and Wednesdays from May 26 to June 5 and Sept. 1 to Oct. 6.
Upper Navajo Canyon
6-mile hike into upper Navajo Canyon.
Group size: 14 people.
Tickets: $18 per person.
Available Thursdays and Saturdays from Sept. 5 to Oct. 5.
Wetherill Mesa Experience
4-mile hike that crosses Wetherill Mesa.
Group size: 14 people.
Tickets: $18 a person.
Available Tuesdays and Fridays from Sept. 6 to Oct. 4.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.recreation.gov.

Will they come? Locals optimistic

Laura Knight works behind the bar at the newly renovated Derailed Pour House. Owner Todd Gibson hopes the more social atmosphere of the bar and eatery at 725 Main Ave. will translate into increased business.
Scott and Sheelagh Williams of Ridgway check in at The Leland House on Friday afternoon before going out to enjoy the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. Leland House owner Kirk Komick and other Durango business owners think this could be the bounce-back year for summer tourism.
Patrons gather at the newly renovated Derailed Pour House.
Betty Backer of Taos, N.M., checks in Friday at the Rochester Hotel. Backer said she visits Durango and stays overnight at least once a year. Reservations already appear strong for many local hotels in Durango. At left is Terisa Clark.
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