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 the county 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 amenities such as: Biking, Hiking, Camping, Climbing, Horseback riding, Fishing, Kayaking, Golfing, Skiing, Waterskiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Rafting, Soaking in the hot springs, Paddle boarding, and so much more. 

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. 

Archuleta County is comprised of communities in which on 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. The County strongly recommends that looking into the rental and real estate markets before moving to the area. Archuleta County Housing Authority provides programs to assist local residents and more information can be found online at

Choosing New Locations

The information provided above is not to discourage anyone from considering employment with Archuleta County, but to help prepare and educate. Employees who understand the reality of life in Archuleta County are more pleased than those who arrive unprepared.