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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.
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 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.
SPRING brings warmer weather with rain (annual precipitation of 19 in. per year) to brighten up greening lawns and high country meadows.
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.
TAXES 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.
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 4,500 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.
UTILITIES 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
TELECOMMUNICATIONS 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
Comcast 679 East 2nd Street E1 Durango, CO 81303 (970) 516-0044
Charter Communications 146 E 15th St. Durango, CO 81303 (888) 438-2427
Ensignal 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
Emergency 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