Durango Facts

Tourism Information

Durango Area Tourism Office
Welcome Center:  802 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 
RV/Other: 111 S Camino del Rio or  P.O. Box 2321, Durango, CO 81302
970-247-3500, 1-800-525-8855
E-MAIL: info@durango.org
www.durango.org

Media Contact 

Theresa Blake, Durango Area Tourism Office
970-764-7783, theresa@treehousepr.com

Elevation 

6,512 feet above sea level

Climate

Over 300 days of sunshine, Transition zone between semi-arid and mountain
- Summer daytime temps in the 70's/80's, nighttime lows in the 50’s
- Winter daytime temps in the high 30’s, nighttime lows in the 20’s

Annual Snowfall

DMR 260 inches, in-city 71 inches

Population

Approximately 17,216 in the City of Durango (2012), Approximately 52,401 including La Plata County (2012)

City Size

City itself takes up 6.8 square miles, while La Plata County is spread across 1,700 square miles

Coordinates

37°16'31 N 107°52'48 W

DMA

Albuquerque

National Forest

Located in San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests

Mountain Range

San Juan Range of the Rocky Mountains

Wilderness Area

Weminuche Wilderness Area - 490,000 acres, elevation 8,000 – 14,000 feet, wilderness cut by 80 miles of the Continental Divide Trail & 21 miles of the Colorado Trail, peaks over 13,000 feet with three towers in the Needles surpassing 14,000 feet

Archaeological Sites

Mesa Verde National Park, Four Corners Monument, Chimney Rock National Monument, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, the Anasazi Heritage Museum, Hovenweep, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park are all within a short drive

Mayor

Christina Rinderle

City Council

Councilor Keith Brant, Councilor Sweetie Marbury, Councilor Dean Brookie, and Councilor Dick White

City Manager

Ron LeBlanc

County Commissioners

Gwen Lachelt, Brad Blake, and Julie Westendorff

District Representatives

Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet (US Congress),
Scott Tipton (US House of Representatives),
Ellen Roberts (State Senator),
Mike McLachlan (State Representative)

Ski Resort

Purgatory Resort (previously Durango Mountain Resort) is located 25 miles north of Durango. 1360 acres of skiable terrain served by eleven lifts with an average snowfall of 260 inches and 2,029 feet of vertical drop. Base elevation is 8,793 feet, summit elevation is 10,822 feet 

Town History

Durango was founded in 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, when they extended their line from Durango to Silverton in order to haul precious metals from high country mines.  The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad now hauls only tourists. Last year over 200,000 people rode the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Newspapers

The Durango Herald, The Durango Telegraph, Fort Lewis College Independent

Local Radio Stations

American General Media (KDGO/KPTE), Four Corners Broadcasting (KIQX/KIUP/KKDC/KRSJ), Four Corners Public Radio (KSUT), Durango Community Radio (KDUR)

Television/Cable Stations

KREZ-TV/KRQE (CBS), KRMU/KRMA (PBS), KTLL-TV, Comcast Cable

Airport

Durango-La Plata County Airport.  Jet service to Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. http://flydurango.com/ 

Colleges

Fort Lewis College is part of the Colorado State system. Liberal Arts College boasts a top-rated business school, theatre and science programs. Cycling and soccer programs have won NCAA championships. Southwest Colorado Community College is a division of Pueblo Community College, offering transfer degree options or career & technical pathways to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges or a career.

State Motto   

Nil sine Numine, “Nothing without the Deity”

State Bird   

Lark Bunting

State Flower   

White and Lavender Rocky Mountain Columbine

Year of Statehood

1876, nicknamed “The Centennial State”

Governor   

John Hickenlooper