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La Plata County

La Plata County

La Plata County Towns






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


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


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


Tiny unincorporated community about 12 miles from Durango

Home to local favorite Hesperus Ski area


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.