Living in Archuleta County

Living in Archuleta County

Archuleta County is located in the Colorado Sunbelt. The combination of high desert plateau and Rocky Mountains to the north and east of town creates an unusually mild mountain climate. Archuleta County has pleasant annual temperatures with the summertime highs averaging 80 degrees, and the wintertime highs near 40 degrees. Every season offers its own outdoor amenity such as:

                                   Biking                  Hiking                Camping          Climbing          Horseback riding

                                   Fishing                Kayaking           Golfing              Skiing              Waterskiing

                                   Snowboarding    Snowshoeing     Rafting              Hot Springs     Paddle boarding

Living Expenses

As with many areas, living in this historically rich and breathtakingly beautiful area has its drawbacks, too. One of the most important things to understand is that housing can be scarce and expensive.

Our area is comprised of a variety of other communities in which one can live, besides the Town of Pagosa Springs, including Arboles, Chromo, Aspen Springs and unincorporated Archuleta County. The further away from the Town of Pagosa Springs, the more affordable housing becomes. We strongly recommend that the rental and real estate markets be investigated before coming. Archuleta County Housing Authority administers a program to assist local residents. You may visit their website:

Choosing New Locations

This information is provided not to discourage you from considering employment with Archuleta County, but to help prepare you and educate you. Employees who understand the reality of life here are happier than those who arrive unprepared.