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Durango Visitors Guide

How many great towns can there be in Colorado? Well, here is another one. You're going to have a tough time deciding which town is your favorite, but I know that Durango is going to be at the top of the list. Whatever you do don't miss the Durango to Silverton Train.

Durango Attractions & Activities

Located at the base of the San Juan Mountains, Durango was described by Will Rogers as “Being out of the way and glad of it.” Durango, founded by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, is the headquarters of the San Juan National Forest.

For great outdoor pleasure, spend some time at the San Juan National Forest where you can enjoy adrenaline pumping recreation like boating or whitewater rafting. There are back country trails with breath taking views for the hiker and biker, trout fishing in the mountain streams and lakes and camping in the wilderness areas—South San Juan, Lizard Head and Weminuche.

For winter recreation, visit Purgatory Resort where you can enjoy 70 runs, cross country skiing and a vertical drop of 2,029 feet. You will also find restaurants, a nursery, a lodge and specialty stores.

For indoor relaxation, visit the Diamond Circle Theatre where you can see turn of the century melodrama and vaudeville performances. Another indoor attraction is the Southern Ute Indian Cultural Museum where you will find archival photos, antiques Ute clothing, tools and accessories.

See also the Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Durango Demographics

Durango is a great place to live if you can afford it. Home prices are sky high and that account for so many renters. Still, if you can afford to move to Durango you won’t regret it.

Climate- Durango gets 19 inches of rain per year. Snowfall is 69 inches. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 86.

On average, there are 266 sunny days per year in Durango. The July high is around 85 degrees. The January low is 10. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 73 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable.

Cost of Living/Economy- Compared to the rest of the country, Durango's cost of living is 33.60% Higher than the U.S. average. The unemployment rate in Durango is 2.40 % (U.S. avg. is 4.60%). Recent job growth is Positive. Durango jobs have increased by 3.34 %. Durango sales tax rate is 7.40%. Income tax is 5.00%. The income per capita is $23,316, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $40,847.

Education- Durango public schools spend $6,013 per student. There are about 15 students per teacher.

Population- As of 2007, Durango's population is 15,614 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 12.15 %.

Real Estate- The median home cost in Durango is $599,900. Home appreciation the last year has been -4.63 %. Renters make up 45.52% of the population. 5.41% of houses and apartments in Durango are unoccupied.