Colorado Recruiting Zone - Durango


Durango Highlights

  • Incorporated in 1881
  • Named one of “Six Terrific Towns on the Water” by Money Magazine
  • The EPA has honored Durango as a “Green Power Community”


  • Population: 15,501
  • Median Age: 29
  • Land Area: 6.8 square miles
  • County: La Plata

Environmental Attractions

  • The Animas River—El Río de las Animas—runs through downtown and boasts gold medal fly fishing waters, and is popular for whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing
  • Popular for outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, road biking, backpacking, rock climbing, hunting, off-roading, year-round fishing, kayaking and golfing
  • Near five major ski areas, including Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, located twenty-five minutes north of downtown

Fun Facts 

  • A scene depicting a jump off a cliff into a river in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was filmed just north of Durango at Baker's Bridge.

Arts & Culture

  • Three prominent historic districts, including Main Avenue Historic District, East Third Avenue Historic Residential District and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad right-of-way between Durango and Silverton, Colorado.
  • Located thirty-five miles west of Durango is Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Ancestral Puebloan Cliff Dwellings.

Major Employers 

  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe
  • Durango School District 
  • Mercy Hospital of Durango 
  • Fort Lewis College 
  • Flint Energy Services 
  • Mercury Payment Systems

Economic Development

  • Durango is served by U.S. Highway 160 (the Old Spanish Trail) and U.S. Highway 550. Part of U.S. 550 offers high-speed access (primarily a 4-lane, divided highway) to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • As the county seat, Durango is a regional hub for commerce. It is home to a four-year college, regional medical facility, modern commercial airport, and a wide variety of boutiques, specialty shops, galleries and many diverse restaurants