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La Plata County

La Plata County

La Plata County Towns

Durango   

Bayfield   

Hermosa   

Hesperus  

Ignacio

In and around Durango

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, offers a variety of scenic train rides throughout the year, along with the Free Railroad Museum. Voted #1 Scenic Train by USA Today Readers Choice 2021

 

Fort Lewis College, Accredited 4-year Liberal Arts school. Nicknamed “The Campus in the Sky”

 

Purgatory Ski Resort, less than 30 miles north of Durango. Skiing and snowsports in winter, mountain biking, alpine slide, mountain coaster, and more in summer

 

Mesa Verde National Park, 35 miles east of Durango. Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, tours, camping

 

Lake Nighthorse, 5 minutes from town. Watersports, new beach, swimming area, and floating play structure   

Some annual events

Jan/Feb: Snowdown Winter Festival

May: Durango Wine Experience

July: Durango Fiesta Days (carnival and rodeo)

Aug: San Juan Brewfest

Nov/Dec: Noel Night, Polar Express on the DSNGRR

Bayfield

Downriver from Lake Vallecito, which offers boating, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and camping

 

Summertime in-town monthly block parties

 

Small-town feel 15 minutes from Durango

Ignacio

Tri-ethnic community within the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, 24 miles from Durango

 

Sky Ute Casino Resort offers dining, bowling, and events

 

Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum

 

Navajo State Park, boating and watersports

 

Lake Capote for excellent trout fishing

Hesperus

Tiny unincorporated community about 12 miles from Durango

Home to local favorite Hesperus Ski area

Hermosa

Area north of the town of Durango, in the stunning Animas Valley

 

Durango Hot Springs, newly remodeled, picturesque resort offering 16 natural mineral hot springs soaking pools, 8 private cedar soaking tubs, and a resort style swimming pool

 

James Ranch Grill and Market, 10 miles north of Durango. Grill with outdoor seating and amazing views, market, 100% natural meats, cheeses, milk, eggs. Regenerative vegetable and flower garden.