Durango is a wonderful place to live. Bittersweet, as many people agree on this, ultimately causing home prices to soar!  We discussed many of the activities and sights to see here and in the surrounding areas.  It’s a diverse culture – rich in art, music, food, landscape.  In terms of natural disasters, it’s one of the safest areas in the nation with no earthquakes, tornadoes, or hurricanes.  It’s become a great place to raise a family with top-rated schools, low crime rates, and the simple fact that it’s a giant outdoor playground for kids and adults alike. 

Since the demand to live in town is increasing and supply was low to begin with, we thought it might also be worthwhile to give you information on the suburbs of Durango (i.e. no more than a 30-minute drive to town).


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Suburbs of Durango (ranked by shortest distance)

  • Hesperus – 12 miles
  • Bayfield – about 15 miles east
  • Hermosa – about 15 miles north
  • Bondad – about 18 miles south
  • Mancos – about 20 miles west
  • Vallecito Lake – about 21 miles away – one of the largest natural bodies of water found in Colorado
  • Ignacio – about 24 miles away


Named after nearby Hesperus Mountain and best known for Ski Hesperus, Hesperus is only minutes away from Downtown Durango.  The ski mountain gets about 150 inches a season – almost twice Durango’s average of 80 inches.  The town’s elevation is a little higher than town too at 8,091 feet. 


A bit more established and more of its own town is Bayfield.  It was established in 1894 and is still quaint, but growing more every day.  It even has its own school district consisting of one elementary school, middle school, primary school and a brand-new high school.


Just North of town and less than two miles from Trimble Hot Springs, Hermosa is a breathtaking quiet little suburb.  It isn’t much higher than Durango, but is quieter.  It has it’s own market, hardware store, gas station, liquor store and restaurant.  Another positive is that it is less than 15 miles from Purgatory Ski Mountain!


Much like Bayfield, Mancos is more of a town of its own.  It has its own school district, sights to see, restaurants, businesses, etc.  It has less than 2,000 residents and is about 7,000ft in elevation. 

Vallecito Lake

Not quite big enough to be a town, but filled with a few lake-side restaurants of its own – more than enough to keep it interesting!  Vallecito is magical and beautiful.  Find out about all the splendors of Vallecito here.


Home to its own Casino, resort and own school district, Ignacio is another town of its own.  Still smaller than Durango though and close enough to be considered a suburb.  It is also nearby an expansive reservoir, Navajo Lake.  So big it extends for 20 miles into New Mexico.

Durango is a coveted place to live.  And once you see it, you’ll understand why!  If you want to live close without paying the price tag, you still have plenty of options!  And with a little help from a trusted real estate agent, you may even find what you’re looking for in town!

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