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.

Below is a list of local information that will help get you on your
way and on your feet when you are moving to the wonderful city
of Durango, Colorado.

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 15,000, 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 48,000.

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.


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 4,900 students.


  Bayfield School Disrtict 10
24 S. Clover
Bayfield, CO 81122
(970) 884-2496
Bayfield School District 10 consists of 1 high school, 1 middle school, and 1 elementary school. Approximately 1,047 students attend.

Ignacio School District 11
315 Ignacio St.
Ignacio, CO 81137
(970) 563-9434
Ignacio School District 11 consists of 1 high school, 1 junior high, 1 intermediate, and 1 elementary school.


  Adult Education Center Inc.
301 E. 12th St.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 385-4354
  Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Dr.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-7010
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 4,500 students.The campus sits on 362 acres overlooking Durango with 1,560 students living on campus in 15 residence halls and apartment complexes.
  Pueblo Community College
701 Camino del Rio, Suite 100
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-2929
Pueblo Community College provides educational programs and services to the citizens of La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, Dolores, and San Juan Counties.
Utilities Natural Gas and Propane:
Atmos Energy Company
P.O. Box 2528
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-3813
Basin Propane
225 1/2 East 8th
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-0055
Bresnan Communications
146 E. 15th St.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-2681
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

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

Water: Sewer:


City of Durango
(970) 247-2681
City of Bayfield
(970) 884-9544
City of Ignacio
(970) 563-9494


Colorado Capital Bank
1201 Main Ave. Suite 101
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 259-5915
Bank of Colorado
1199 Main Ave.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 259-5500
Community Banks Of Colorado
848 E. 2nd Ave.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 259-9768
First Southwest Bank
679 E. 2nd Ave. Suite A
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 375-1100
Alpine Bank
1099 Main Ave.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 375-7689

Bank of San Juans
144 E. 8th St.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-1818

First National Bank of Durango
259 W. 9th St.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-3037
Pine River Valley Bank
1701 Main Ave.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 385-9583

General Information Communications-Newspaper:
Durango Herald
1275 Main Ave.
(970) 247-3504
Durango Telegraph
1039 E Third Ave. #25
(970) 259-0448
Chamber of Commerce:
Chamber of Commerce
(970) 247-0312
Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce
(970) 264-2360
Emergency-Police: Drivers License: Post Office:

Public Library:

Durango Sheriff
(970) 247-1157

Durango State Patrol
(970) 385-1675

(970) 247-4591
222 W. 8th St.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-3434
1188 E. 2nd Ave.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 375-3380
Southwest Women's Health Associates
1199 Main Ave. Suite 205
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-0042
Mercy Medical Center
1010 Three Springs Blvd.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-4311
Durango Cancer Center
3801 N. Main Ave.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 385-4746

Climate Durango enjoys an idea four season climate with moderate temperatures year-round. Durango, Colorado rests in one of the most beautiful areas in Southwest Colorado.
Winters are mostly mild and sunny. Winter snowfall is an average of 71" a year, but because of low elevation and great solar exposure (300 days of sunshine per year) snow removal is only an occasional chore of manageable size. At higher elevations, like Durango Mountain Resort, snowfall averages 250"' 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 seldom reach more than the high 80's and then just for a week or two. 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.


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Durango Named 2014 Top Ten True Western Town - True West Railfest August 14 - 17, 2014 with rare and unique railroad equipment and cars.


More Winter Fun in Durango - Just because SnowDown is over doesn’t mean we’re slowing down in Durango.


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Mesa Verde Luminarias - December 5, 2013 at Mesa Verde National Park 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Chapin Mesa area.


Dogs Love Durango - Durango, Colorado is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts - including those on two OR four legs.


Durango Fall Foliage Update - Leaves start to change in mid-September and peak before October ends.


Eat Local in Durango - It is easy to find a number of places serving locally grown fruits, veggies, meats and more.


Durango Fall Foliage Update - Plan to visit in late September -- right in the middle of the season.


Looking Ahead: Durango Fall Forecast - Mother Nature gives the land and mountains of Southwest Colorado a seasonal makeover.


Tutu to Brew Shows Off Durango Style – There’s one thing you can’t deny about Durango: This city has it’s own style.


Durango Fiesta Days the Last Week of July – A fantastic parade, a pie auction, a street dance, a rodeo, and royalty!


Animas River Days June 6 through 9 – The beautiful Animas River flows right through the city of Durango, Colorado.


Steampunk Stomp II Benefit - Saturday, March 16, 2013 6:00 pm to benefit the Durango Discovery Museum.


Volunteers Needed for DEVO Bike Swap - Also, see the DEVO kids in action at DMR Ski Bike Festival Februay 16 - 17, 2013.


Exploring Possibilities - The Dave Spencer Ski Classic is life-altering good. Watch the video, and see why many volunteers are needed.


Snow Accumulation and Venturing Downtown - Today, February 7th is sunny, but expect snowflakes to accumulate throughout the weekend.


Snow is Falling, and Geeks Abound - DMR received 37+ inches, and it is snowing today, January 31st. Snowdown Geeks rule downtown.


Snowdown 2013 Launch Sequence Activated - Get Your Geek On, and participate in Snowdown!


Coffee Appreciation - With 10 places downtown dedicated to coffee, Durango has many options.


New Parks for More Family Fun - The 7-mile Animas River Trail lets you walk, run or ride without ever having to cross a street.


Food, Drink, WiFi, and Durango Community - Nature’s Oasis is a great natural food market in Durango and a cornerstone of the community.


Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee - Enjoy a preview of the awesome talent that is so beloved in Durango.


Snowdown 2013 - a weird and wonderful week-long winter celebration in Durango, Colorado January 31 through February 3, 2013


The Capitol Christmas Tree - Come out and enjoy free festivities at 8th and Main 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on November 9, 2012.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
- Everyone is invited to dine on turkey, trimmings, and homemade pies on Thanksgiving Day.

Halloween in Durango
- From trick-or-treating for children to an adults-only show, Durango is the place to be on Halloween night.

Motorless Parade
- a special event associated with The Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10:00 am on Main Street.

Durango Heritage Celebration
- Prepare to enjoy some far-out costumes and have a blast October 11 – 14, 2012.

Outdoor Magazine Ranks Durango as a Top River Town
- Readers of Outside Magazine vote Durango, Colorado as a top river town.

Whole Expo
- a great event for people interested in all things holistic and ecological.

Southern Ute Pow Wow
- You had me at "jingle dress."
The Southern Ute Fair and Pow Wow is September 6 – 9, 2012.

10-Minute Play Contest
- Take a bow, and enjoy your 10 minutes of fame!
August 23rd is the last day to audition.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Downtown Street Closures
  - Please take note of a few street closures downtown.

Vallecito Lake
 - A relaxing 20-mile drive out to Vallecito Lake might just become the highlight of your Durango experience.

Foraging and Dining in Durango - Did you know that Durango foodies are currently staying abreast of the latest food trend entitled “foraging?”

USA Pro Cycling Challenge - Citizen Event
- an opportunity for recreational and competitive cyclists to challenge themselves on the course.

Feature Friday - Featured Listing
- This Bobbie Carll listing is a one-of-a-kind solar retreat house featuring round living spaces!

Vote Durango for the Best River Town
-  Durango is one of ten finalists for Outside magazine’s “Best River Town in America”

Durango Vacation Homes - Try experiencing Southwest Colorado by staying in a fabulous Durango, Colorado vacation home.

Summer Camps from Wilderness Trails Ranch - the ultimate week of adventure and well-earned recreation, this place is calling you!

Durango Named One of the 20 Best Small Towns in America - Smithsonian.com says the quality they most wanted to see was culture.

Ski Mag Names Durango a "Dream Town" - 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains + nearly year-round opportunities.

Feature Friday - Bobbie Carll - What do you think is Durango's best kept secret? "Our people," says Bobbie Carll

Durango Named 1 of 7 Undiscovered Cities - in best-selling book, "1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die." 

Thanksgiving & Durango.com - giving away one Durango.com DRO sticker every day November 8th through Thanksgiving Day!

Feature Friday: Kogan Builders - Some of the most beautiful homes and land in Durango, Colorado

Durango Named Top Micropolitan Area in the Nation - the strongest economy in the United States, edging out 575 others