Durango

65°F
Current Population
18,350
Elevation Level
6531 ft

About Durango

Durango is a small town located in Southwest Colorado In the San Juan Mountains and near the New Mexican border. Durango has a rich railroad and mining history. It's the most populous city of La Plata County and was organized by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad to serve the San Juan mining district. 
 
The 19th-century Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad steam train passes mountains and canyons. In the city center, its affiliated Railroad Museum displays restored locomotives, aircraft and a baggage car converted into a movie theater. Nearby, the Powerhouse Science Center offers interactive exhibits in a former power plant. 

Fort Lewis College draws higher education students to small classes on a mountain campus, offering liberal arts and dynamic academic programs. The school calls itself “the Southwest’s crossroads of education and adventure.”  
Durango’s Animas River Valley and San Juan Mountain offer opportunities for mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, and horseback riding. Durango is also considered the archeological hub of the Southwest” with many nearby wonders, including ancient cave dwellings. Mesa Verde National Park is only 35 miles west of Durango. 

Durango’s Animas River Valley and San Juan Mountain offer opportunities for mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, and horseback riding. Durango is also considered the archeological hub of the Southwest” with many nearby wonders, including ancient cave dwellings. Mesa Verde National Park is only 35 miles west of Durango. 

Explore Durango

Entertainment & Culture

Once you've been to Durango, you'll never stop reminiscing about all the beauty, culture, and history this Colorado city has to offer. In fact, locals say that 'once you've been to Durango, you'll never truly leave it behind." It may be because this city has been immortalized in Hollywood classics like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to National Lampoon's Vacation and City Slickers.

You'll find everything from eclectic shops and unique eateries that line the historic downtown to extreme outdoor activities. There is no shortage of adventure in Durango. 
 

 

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Popular Restaurants

You can expect to find spicy, New Mexican-inspired dishes in Durango as well as traditional American treats like a local, grass-fed burger. Eating local is big in Durango, that's because there is an abundance of local grown meat, vegetables, and fruits that many local restaurants incorporate into their menus. The only difficulty you'll experience when trying to find a restaurant is picking only one at a time!

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Parks

Durango’s Animas River Valley and San Juan Mountain offer opportunities for mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, and horseback riding. Durango is also considered the archeological hub of the Southwest” with many nearby wonders, including ancient cave dwellings.

Don't miss:

  • Purgatory Resort is a family-oriented ski resort located 26 miles north of downtown Durango. 

  • Mesa Verde National Park is in southwest Colorado. It's known for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, notably the huge Cliff Palace. 

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About the Community

Animas Valley Elementary School

Summary
  • District Durango School District No. 9-r
  • Phone (970) 247-0124
  • Address 373 HERMOSA MEADOWS CAMPER PARK RD
  • County La Plata County
  • Grade PK - 05
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct No Change
  • Total Reported Enrollment 300
  • Student Teacher Ratio 13

Durango High School

Summary
  • District Durango School District No. 9-r
  • Phone (970) 259-1630
  • Address 2390 MAIN AVE
  • County La Plata County
  • Grade 09 - 12
  • Instructional Level High School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement Yes
  • Before and After School Program Yes
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +10% to +15%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 1146
  • Student Teacher Ratio 18

Escalante Middle School

Summary
  • District Durango School District No. 9-r
  • Phone (970) 247-9490
  • Address 141 BAKER LN
  • County La Plata County
  • Grade 06 - 08
  • Instructional Level Middle School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +5% to +10%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 530
  • Student Teacher Ratio 17

Florida Mesa Elementary School

Summary
  • District Durango School District No. 9-r
  • Phone (970) 247-4250
  • Address 216 HIGHWAY 172
  • County La Plata County
  • Grade PK - 05
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate Yes
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct No Change
  • Total Reported Enrollment 380
  • Student Teacher Ratio 14

Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School

Summary
  • District Durango School District No. 9-r
  • Phone (970) 588-3331
  • Address 11274 HIGHWAY 140
  • County La Plata County
  • Grade PK - 05
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -20% to -50%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 110
  • Student Teacher Ratio 13

Miller Middle School

Summary
  • District Durango School District No. 9-r
  • Phone (970) 247-1418
  • Address 2608 JUNCTION ST
  • County La Plata County
  • Grade 06 - 08
  • Instructional Level Middle School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +5% to +10%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 500
  • Student Teacher Ratio 15

Needham Elementary School

Summary
  • District Durango School District No. 9-r
  • Phone (970) 247-4791
  • Address 2425 W 3RD AVE
  • County La Plata County
  • Grade PK - 05
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate Yes
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program Yes
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +5% to +10%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 420
  • Student Teacher Ratio 18

Park Elementary School

Summary
  • District Durango School District No. 9-r
  • Phone (970) 247-3718
  • Address 510 E 5TH AVE
  • County La Plata County
  • Grade PK - 05
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program Yes
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -10% to -15%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 450
  • Student Teacher Ratio 14

Riverview Elementary School

Summary
  • District Durango School District No. 9-r
  • Phone (970) 247-3862
  • Address 2900 MESA AVE
  • County La Plata County
  • Grade PK - 05
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program Yes
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -15% to -20%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 400
  • Student Teacher Ratio 14

Sunnyside Elementary School

Summary
  • District Durango School District No. 9-r
  • Phone (970) 259-5249
  • Address 75 COUNTY ROAD 218
  • County La Plata County
  • Grade PK - 05
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program Yes
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -1% to -5%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 150
  • Student Teacher Ratio 12

Population, Weather and Economics

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Population

Population Details
  • Population 18,350
  • Population 5 Yr Projection 20,220
Households
  • Total Households 7,637
  • Households 5 Yr Projection 8,492
  • Average Size of Household 2.00
  • Households With Children 1,789

Climate & Weather

Summary
  • Annual Precip In 19.33
  • Avg Jan Low Temp 12.10
  • Avg Jul Low Temp 50.70
  • Avg Jan High Temp 39.50
  • Avg Jul High Temp 85.10
Indexes
  • Ozone Index 117
  • Air Pollution Index 73
  • Earthquake Index 47
  • Hail Index 21
  • Tornado Index 15
  • Wind Index 23

Economics

  • Housing Median Built Yr 1974
  • Maintenance and Insurance Cost 82
  • Health Care Cost 78
  • Transportation Cost 84