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Welcome Home to Durango, Colorado!
Durango’s name comes from the Basque word “Urango” meaning “water town.”  Colorado Governor A.G. Hunt gave the town its name after Durango, Mexico. North Durango is known as Animas City and was founded 1876, the same year Colorado became a state. It was named after the nearby Animas River—El Rio de las Animas Perdidas (River of Lost Souls). The City consisted of farmers, ranchers, miners, and a newspaper. It was also home toCamp Animas-cavalry and infantry named after the Ute agent.

Durango, Colorado was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1880. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881 and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. By July of 1882, the tracks to Silverton were completed, and the train began hauling both freight and passengers.
The line was constructed to haul silver & gold ore from Southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, but passengers soon realized it was the view that was truly precious.
This historic train has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. It is a family-friendly ride sure to create memories that will last a lifetime while offering a view of Colorado’s mountain splendor inaccessible by highway. Relive the sights and sounds of
yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.


Durango supports unlimited outdoor recreational activities and scenic beauty.  Golfing at one of the three courses, going on a horseback/mule ride, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, boating, rafting, kayaking, camping, hunting and fishing are the most
popular activities within the San Juan National Forest, Weminuche Wilderness Area, BLM lands, rivers and lakes. Purgatory Ski Resort is just north of Durango by 27 miles and offers both winter and summer activities. Go further north to historic Silverton and Ouray, Colorado for spectacular scenic views many may never experience. After a busy day playing, enjoy one of the many spectacular restaurants and breweries, and then end your day relaxing at the Durango Hot Springs in the North Animas Valley overlooking the red mountain cliffs in Hermosa, Colorado which came from the Spanish word meaning beautiful!


Durango School District 9-R- Public Schools

Durango School District 9-R     201 E 12th St. Durango, CO 81301  970.247.5411

Bayfield School District

Bayfield School District  24 Clover Drive Bayfield, CO 81122 970.884.2496

Ignacio School District

Ignacio School District 11  315 Ignacio St. Ignacio, CO 81137 (970) 563-9434

Durango is a family town. About 23% of households in Durango have children under 18 years old living at home with them. Besides being more Generally more inclined towards outdoor activities, regular assessments demonstrate that Durango students consistently outperform students statewide on standardized tests in reading, writing, math, and science. Check out Durangos best schools Here.


Fort Lewis College  1000 Rim Drive  Durango, CO 81301 (877)FLC-COLO

Southwest Community College  701 Camino del Rio Durango  970 247-2929


Private & Charter schools

Durango Montessori  1309 E 3rd Ave #6  970-769-3590

Grace Prepatory Academy K-12 83 Davidson Creek Rd Durango 970-385-7544

St. Columba Catholic School K-5  1801 E 2rd Ave Durango 970-247-5527

Columbine Christian School K-8  1775 Florida Rd Durango 970-259-1189

Colorado Timberline Academy  35554 Highway 550 970-247-5898

Animas High School  3206 Main Avenue, Durango 970-247-2474



  • Ranked 3rd on the list of America’s Dreamtowns: 2006

  • Voted Best Mountain Biking Town: Outside Magazine 2006

  • Named a Place to Live and Play: Adventure Magazine 2006

  • Ranked #1 Micropolitan Community: Colorado College Rocky Mountain Report


Golf Courses
The Glacier Club – Luxury Golf
Dalton Ranch Golf Club
Hillcrest Golf Course
Pinion Golf Course (Farmington)

Durango Nature Studies 
Trails 2000

Durango 9-R School District 
Colorado Timberline Academy 
Fort Lewis College 
Southwest Community College

Arts & Culture
Music in the Mountains 
Durango Arts Center
Durango Concerts
Fort Lewis Theater
Durango Public Library

LaPlata Electric
Colorado Division of Water Resources
La Plata GIS

Mercy Medical Center

Local News
The Durango Herald
The Durango Telegraph


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