Durango Relocation Guide

Durango Relocation Guide Relocating to Durango, Colorado? This area boasts some of the most beautiful land in the nation. Perfect for those who enjoy the rugged outdoors and a spectacular view—along with basic necessities, such as schools, banking, and utility services.

Durango is proud of its diverse culture with a really broad spectrum of lifestyles. People are drawn to Durango from all over the country and the world. Durango, Colorado, is tucked away in the southwestern corner of Colorado. It is positioned between the Animas River Valley and the San Juan Mountains. With a population of 18,000, this charming town offers a mixture of frontier spirit, natural beauty and friendly folks. The town of Durango is in La Plata County, which has an overall population of 54,000.

After your move, be sure to check out our Shopping, Things to Do, About Durango, and Restaurants information for activities for you and your family to enjoy. Enjoy our Durango relocation guide.


Durango enjoys an ideal four season climate with  temperatures varying year-round. Durango also rests in one of the most beautiful areas in Southwest Colorado.


Winter temperatures range from an average low of 13 degrees Fahrenheit to an average high of 47 degrees Fahrenheit. One of Durango’s best assets is its snowfall with an average of 69 inches per year. Because of low elevation and great solar exposure though (300 days of sunshine per year), snow removal is only an occasional chore of manageable size. At higher elevations, like Purgatory Resort, snowfall averages 250 inches per year.


Springtime brings warmer weather with rain (annual precipitation of 19? per year) to brighten up greening lawns and high country meadows.


During Summer temperatures average around 85 degrees Fahrenheit, often ranging from 70-90 degrees Farenheit. Rivers stay relatively full in the summer due to deep snow accumulation in the surrounding mountains.


Fall days are cool and dry, perfect for a mountain hike or drive to see the golden aspen and red-orange scrub oak. Not only is Durango Weather perfect, but Durango is close to many attractions such as Four Corners National Monument (where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet), Mesa Verde National Park and more.



State Income Tax
Tax rate is 4.75% of taxable income.

Sales & Use Tax
Tax totals 7.9% and is comprised of 2.9% state, 2% county, and 3% city.

Lodging Tax
A tax of 2% is collected on all lodging properties in the county and city.



Durango School District 9-R

201 E. 12th St.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-5411
Durango School District 9-R serves the community through 11 schools, including 1 comprehensive high school, 2 middle schools, 7 elementary schools, and the Exel Charter School for 6th through 12th grade students. Enrollment has remained steady for the past few years at 4,500 students.

Adult Education Center Inc.

701 Camino del Rio, Suite 301
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 385-4354

Fort Lewis College

1000 Rim Dr.
Durango, CO 81301
(877) 352-2656
Fort Lewis College is a four-year, fully accredited, liberal arts institution and a member of the Colorado State University System. Fort Lewis has 24 degree programs with an enrollment of approximately 3,789 students.The campus sits on 247 acres overlooking Durango with 1,409 students living on campus in 8 residencial communities and apartment complexes.



Atmos Energy Corporation

801 Florida Rd.
Durango, CO 81301
(888) 286-6700
(970) 247-3813


Basin Propane

225 1/2 East 8th
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-0055


La Plata Electric Association Inc.
45 Stewart St.
Durango, CO 81303
(970) 247-5786


City of Durango

949 E. 2nd Ave.
Durango, CO 81303
Electric- (970) 247-2681
Sewer- (970) 375-5000
Trash- (970) 375-5004
Water- (970)375-5034


Durango Transfer Station

790 Tech Center Dr.
Durango, CO 81303
(907) 259-2915

Durango Water Services

105 Sawyer Dr.
Durango, CO 81303
(970) 375-4800

Southwestern Water

841 E 2nd Ave.
Durango, CO 81303
(970) 247-1320








Bresnan Communications

146 E. 15th St.
Durango, CO 81301
(877) 273-7626

High Country Wire & Telephone
862 Main Ave. #4
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-8163

AllTel Communications

82 Bodo Drive
Durango, CO 81303
(970) 247-3111


679 East 2nd Street E1
Durango, CO 81303
(970) 516-0044

Charter Communications

146 E 15th St.
Durango, CO 81303
(888) 438-2427



2800 Main Ave.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 385-4499



Public Services

Colorado Driver’s License

329 S Camino Del Rio #A
Durango, CO 81303

La Plata County Government DMV

98 Everett St.
Durango, CO 83101
(970) 382-7075

Post Office

222 W. 8th St.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-3434

Public Library

1900 E 3rd Ave.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 375-3380

Colorado Capital Bank
Bank of Colorado
Community Banks Of Colorado
First Southwest Bank



 Alpine Bank
Bank of San Juans
First National Bank of Durango
Pine River Valley Bank



General Information

Durango Herald

1275 Main Ave.
Durango, CO 81303
(970) 247-3504

Durango Telegraph

1039 E Third Ave. #25
Durango, CO 81303
(970) 259-0448


Durango  Chamber of Commerce

(970) 264-2360



Durango Sheriff

(970) 247-1157

Durango State Patrol

(970) 385-1675


Southwest Women’s Health Associates
575 Rivergate Ln.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-0042

Mercy Medical Center

1010 Three Springs Blvd.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-4311

Durango Cancer Center

1 Mercado St #100
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 385-4746