Fun Facts About Durango & La Plata County

We’ve got plenty of reasons to be EXTRA HAPPY here.

Happiness rankings are in random order. They’re only a small sampling of why we are rated as the 3rd Best Small Town in the United States to live.

#1 cause for happiness

There are 300 miles of trails for mountain biking and hiking within 30 minutes of downtown Durango.

#3 cause for happiness

We have 3.5 miles of gold medal trout fishing within Durango’s city limits, and our overall area is known as a premier fly fishing destination.

#5 cause for happiness

We love our bicycles, which is why we’re ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 best cycling towns.

#7 cause for happiness

Our kids spend more time outdoors, which is why we’re ranked 3rd in the nation for raising an outdoor kid.

#2 cause for happiness

Our locally owned ski areas are ranked as one of Colorado’s best family values.

#4 cause for happiness

We get to explore THREE World Heritage sites in close proximity: Mesa Verde National Park, Chaco Culture National Historic Park and Taos Pueblo.

#6 cause for happiness

We have an excellent business culture, which is why we’re ranked as one of the best small town economies in the nation.

#8 cause for happiness

We know our neighbors and live in a bighearted community, which is why we’re ranked as a top 10 town in Colorado for young families.

Horizontal Bar graph showing inches of snow and # of days of sun in various mountain towns

Data from Sperling’s Best Places