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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 with basic necessities, such as schools, banking, and utility services.

Durango is proud of its diverse culture with a 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, and restaurants information for activities for you and your family to enjoy!

Education

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 4,700 students.

Adult Education Center

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

The Durango Adult Education Center (DAEC) provides affordable and effective education to young adults (16 & 17) and adults over 18. We equip individuals with the knowledge they need to lead productive lives, allowing them to better contribute to the local economy and the overall health of our communities.

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 with 24 degree programs. The campus sits on 247 acres overlooking Durango with 1,409 students living on campus in 8 residencial communities and apartment complexes.

Pueblo Community College

2320 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301 / (970) 385-2020

PCC Southwest offers quality, affordable guarantee-transfer general education classes and transfer degrees in multiple programs, as well as career and technical programs.  We also offer complete enrollment services such as advising, financial aid and registration assistance.

Climate

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

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.

Autumn

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.

Spring & Summer

Springtime brings warmer weather with rain (annual precipitation of 19 inches 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.

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