Live & Play

 Live and Play in La Plata County!

Postcard scenery – the surrounding landscape of Durango is diverse and often dramatic, spanning from red sandstone bluffs of the Animas River Valley to the 14,000 foot jagged peaks of the San Juan Mountains.

Mountain Bikes to Motor Bikes – from the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic to the Ignacio Bike Week, La Plata County is home to the two wheeled favorites!

200 Quality Restaurants - Our region’s restaurants and culinary offerings reflect the richness, creativity, and unique flavors of the southwest. Indulge in award-winning restaurants.

Breweries- Durango is home to FOUR microbreweries that craft award-winning beers, ales, and lagers. Cheers.

Vibrant Arts and Cultural Community – The Durango Arts Center serves as a hub for both the visual and performing arts. Enjoy the numerous galleries in our region and take in a classical performance at the San Juan Symphony or the delightful summer productions of Music in the Mountains.

Outdoors- One million plus visitors come to our area to have fun on the Durango-Silverton Railroad, ski at Durango Mountain Resort and bike, hike, raft and fish in our spectacular National Forests rivers and lakes.

Rich Heritage – Retrace the ancient footsteps of the Ancestral Pueblo people who once lived in the amazing cliff dwellings which you can visit in nearby Mesa Verde National Park. Enjoy the thrills and romance of “Old West” chuck wagon dinners and Cowboy Poetry and experience an unforgettable visit to the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum in Ignacio.

Education – Nationally recognized school districts such as Durango School District 9-R. We are also home to Fort Lewis College, a leading four-year public liberal arts institution with programs in Arts and Sciences, Education and Business Administration. Southwest Colorado Community College (SCCC) is a fully-accredited two-year college that provides a premier teaching institution to assure successful pathways for students and adults alike.

Heathcare Facilities – La Plata County is known across the country as having some of the best specialty physicians and surgeons; Mercy Regional Medical Center and Animas Surgical Hospital.