Many people who move to Durango come for a visit and just never leave, falling in love with the simple lifestyle, love for the outdoors, and awesome community. While the mountains are rugged and the location is rural, the people are welcoming and always willing to lend a helping hand.
What’s it like to live in Durango? That answer can change a lot depending on the season. In the summer, your day might start with a pre-work run, bike ride, or walk along one or our world class trail systems. With an average work commute time of 13.9 minutes, it isn’t hard to fill your morning with things you enjoy. At lunch you might walk to one of our favorite eateries, as Durango boasts more restaurants per capita than San Francisco. After work you can expect more outdoor fun, perhaps taking a raft or paddle board down the Animas River or to Lake Nighthorse. Durango loves a good party, and on the weekends you can find the calendar‘s full of family friendly events, festivals, and live music.
In the Winter, you can still expect plenty of sunshine and limited snow in town. Your weekends might be filled with downhill skiing at Purgatory Resort, backcountry skiing in the San Juan Mountains, or enjoying cross country skiing at the Durango Nordic Center. The winter blues won’t get you down here, because our biggest and most famous winter festival, Snowdown, happens in February.
Whether you are looking to start a family here or relocate, Durango is a great place for kids. Durango has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in Colorado. Children can commute to school by bus, bike, or walk to nearby schools. There are also adult learning opportunities as well, with Fort Lewis College located in Durango, and San Juan College and Pueblo Community College nearby.
In each direction from La Plata County’s main hub of Durango, CO, a unique landscape provides opportunity for diverse living. You can reside in the ruggedness of the San Juan Mountains to the north or experience the arid deserts of the south/southwest that showcase the region’s world renowned Ancestral Puebloan heritage. If you enjoy ranching or agriculture, East County may be perfect for you, or Durango’s valley floor, bordered by majestic redstone cliffs. West of Durango is for the eclectic individual because it offers a little of everything, including Hesperus Ski Area, a hometown hill with night skiing. For quality living the decision to move here is easy. Deciding where to live is the hard part.