Upper Chicago Basin in La Plata County. Photo: Mouser Williams
La Plata County’s seat and largest town is Durango, which is home to an impressive historic district. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad also departs from town year round. The county had an estimated population of 53,284 in 2013.
Named for the La Plata River and the La Plata Mountains (la plata is Spanish for “silver”), this county is home to the San Juan National Forest, the Weminuche Wilderness, the Colorado Trail, and the San Juan Skyway National Scenic Byway.
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