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.

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


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.

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

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


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

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

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

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.

Data from Sperling’s Best Places