Durango is well known for its mining history, as well as its proximity to world class skiing and stunning wilderness areas. Outdoor recreation is at the heart of life in this mountain town, so much so that there is a ski area, Chapman Hill, nestled between the Fort Lewis College campus and downtown. Other major resorts, such as Purgatory, can be accessed by a short drive north on highway 550. Popular winter sports including, snowshoeing, ice climbing and snowmobiling are all enjoyed in the surrounding backcountry. Town offers a historic district with quaint shops, bars with local brew on tap and eateries, which bustle with locals and tourists alike.

At the south end of the San Juan National Forest, amid the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, lies the town of Durango, Colorado. Many of the homes in this municipality are clustered along the highway 550 corridor, which is bordered on each side by rising peaks. There are multi-million dollar mansions, condos and everything in between in Durango. The southern end of town opens into a valley, with traditional suburbs made up of single family residences, as well as homes more spread out and situated on larger acreages.

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