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Retirees in the Rockies: Why Retire in Durango?

Being one of the most interesting small towns in Colorado, Durango has so much to offer. From the beautiful views, outdoor activities and colorful festivals year round, how could one get bored in this small but vibrant town in southwestern Colorado? Whether you want to be an active retiree and are full of energy to experience what the rest of life has to offer, or you want to relax and reflect as you enjoy your golden years, Durango is the place to be.

Here are some of the top reasons to retire in Durango, Colorado:


Durango is located at an elevation of 6500 feet in southwestern Colorado. It is nestled just between the beautiful Animas River Valley and the breathtaking San Juan Mountains. The average July temperature is in the low 60s and the average January temperature is in the low 20s with about an 266 sunny days per year. Check out our planning guides for more seasonal information.

san juan mountains

Outdoor Activities

With the Animas River flowing through the center of town, fishing is always an option and water views are always available. Durango is world famous for its outdoor activities options, such as kayaking, horseback riding, and hiking. There are also plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy in Durango including Mesa Verde Tours, historic Downtown Durango, annual outdoor events, the San Juan National Forest, and so much more! In Durango you are bound to enjoy the views no matter what activity you choose.

durango kayaking

Indoor Activities

The popular Durango Public Library has two branches, an interlibrary loan program, tech tutoring, a literary festival, and public computers with Internet access. Durango also has a spectacular enclosed Mall that includes J.C. Penney, Sears, Bed, Bath & Beyond and nearly twenty other retailers. There are also has plenty of other indoor activities to enjoy throughout the year including annual indoor events, the Durango Arts Center & other museums, a fantastic selection of restaurants, and so much more!

durango indoor activities

Convenient Transportation

The Durango LaPlata Airport is a major regional airport for southwestern Colorado that is conveniently located 12 miles southeast of Durango. Durango is average in walkability when compared to other communities, but the Durango transit services do provides fixed bus services around town. Read more about geting around Durango on our Durango transit guide.

Medical Care & Services

Mercy Medical Center provides medical service for the Durango community. Services for older adults are provided by the La Plata Senior Center and include noon meals, home-delivered meals, classes and activities, transportation to doctors' appointments, helping with home chore services and so much more.

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

This historical train is a premier attraction showcasing the best sights you’ll see! The train has been taking excursions through Colorado's most beautiful high-country since 1882. There is no better way to spend a day in Durango than a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

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These are just a few of the many reasons why you should retire in Durango. Take one trip and you’ll be searching for that perfect dream home!

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