|"Durango 's outdoor lifestyle with 300+ sunny days per year is unsurpassed. Mountain biking out your front door, skiing just 20 minutes from town, quality restaurants & clubs, and walkable neighborhoods are just some of the attributes of our growing town. Our brand new, state-of-the-art facility and passionate staff provide a work environment that is unsurpassed... With over 135 physicians on medical staff, and specialties such as interventional cardiology, spine surgery & nephrology we are not your typical rural hospital. Come use your talents to help us take care of our community."
-Mercy Regional Medical Center
"Think of it as a border town. It has Southwest underpinnings—Mesa Verde National Park is only 47 miles to the west—but because it sits in the lush Animas River Valley, it serves as the geographic and cultural link between high desert and high country. A thousand miles of mountain-biking trails surround the city (pop. 16,900), the largest wilderness area in Colorado is just to the north (500,000-acre Weminuche Wilderness), two ski resorts are an easy drive away, and the paddle-friendly Animas flows almost down Main Street. At night, four local craft breweries appease the nearly 4,000 students at Fort Lewis College."
-Outside Magazine, October 2011