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Durango Casino & Resort

The Southwest Valley’s latest destination for luxury and entertainment, boasts 209 rooms, an expansive 83,000+ sf casino, a state-of-the-art sportsbook, captivating pool deck, and a variety of dining options ranging from casual to fine dining.

There are several distinct entries; the landscape is designed to reflect the character of the surrounding neighborhood and increases in size and magnificence as you approach the property. The main entrance, with its more intimate design, highlights the grandeur of date palms, signature Palo Verde trees, Washingtonia palms, southern live oaks, fan palms, Holly oak, and cork oak. The porte cochere entrance, surrounded by rows of oak trees and date palms, emanates a welcoming, yet sophisticated ambiance.

The east entry island invites guests with date palms and large oaks surrounding a multilevel water fountain, featuring large urns with olive trees and an enticing fire element that illuminates the night with excitement and color.

Moving towards the north entry, guests encounter a landscape adorned with large pines, Palo Verde, and cacti, accompanied by meandering rock groundcover. Pipe organ cacti and sable palms in low planters add a touch of elegance to this carefully curated space.

Durango’s landscape design incorporates mid-century-modern patterned textured walls, creating an upscale atmosphere. To promote water conservation, artificial turf is strategically placed in specific areas. The lush softscape embraces the desert landscape, featuring a variety of textured and flourishing plant material. Notably, 40-foot-tall Pine trees from Siegfried and Roy’s Las Vegas home have found a new home around the pool and parking garage, adding a touch of history and elegance to the surroundings.

A haven of relaxation, the “Bel-Aire Backyard” pool area features a central water feature/fountain, Baja ledge, chaise lounges, and cabanas providing respite from the desert sun. Surrounding the pool, majestic Medjool date palms enhance the atmosphere, creating a tropical oasis. Two poolside bars feature outdoor seating to indulge on thirst-quenching drinks and upscale eats. An adjacent event lawn is ample enough to host large-scale events, with space for a stage for live performances.

Durango takes the indoor/outdoor experience to the next level, offering spill-out patios for the sportsbook and restaurants. The “Eat Your Heart Out” food hall patio garden is adorned with agaves and cobble, creating a serene setting for patrons. Distinct water features at each restaurant patio are designed to complement the architecture, be visually appealing from various angles, and offer diners tranquil sounds. Outside the steakhouse, Nicco’s, the tiered water feature even showcases fire erupting from the fountain.

The country-club inspired George Sportsmen’s Lounge adds an extra layer of entertainment, featuring cornhole, ping-pong, outdoor gaming, and TVs for an immersive experience. Windows from the gaming area provide captivating views of the lush garden environs, seamlessly bringing the outdoors inside and enhancing the overall guest experience.

With its thoughtful design, Durango offers an array of amenities and environments for guests to discover.


Photo credits: Clint Jenkins, and pool photo courtesy of Christopher DeVargas