Archuleta County is located in southwest Colorado, situated at the junction of highways 160 and 84 at an elevation of 7,079 feet. The county seat, Pagosa Springs, is located just 28 miles north of the New Mexico border and 60 miles east of Durango. It is also near the Four Corners, where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona meet.
Land area (square miles) — 1,350
Persons per square mile — 9.1
Archuleta County comprises 872,960 acres. Only 34 percent of lands in Archuleta County are in private ownership. Tribal lands comprise 14.4 percent of the county. Most of the northern and eastern portions of the county (51.6 percent) are within the San Juan National Forest and are under the management of the U.S. Forest Service. There is a total of approximately 2.8 million acres of national forest and Bureau of Land Management land surrounding Archuleta County.
Population Archuleta County
2019 Estimate — 14,029
The Pagosa Springs SUN
Weekly newspaper with daily online updates at
Located at 457 Lewis St.
Housing and Income
Median value of housing — $314,400
Households — 5,858
Persons per household — 2.23
Per capita money income — $31,629
Median household income — $52,221
Persons in poverty — 10.8 percent
Sales and User Tax: 2.9 percent state and 4 percent county. County tax revenue is divided between county and town.
Lodgers’ Tax: A 4.9-percent tax is collected from the lodging industry. Those revenues are used for tourism promotion in both the town and the county.
Primary source of town and county revenue: Retail sales taxes, property taxes and charges for services.
Town Government: www.pagosasprings.co.gov
Home Rule Municipality
Town council with elected mayor and six councilors elected for alternating four-year terms, town administrator is appointed.
Date of Incorporation: 1891.
County Government: www.archuletacounty.org
Three county commissioners elected for alternating four-year terms.
Tourism and Business Development
Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Board
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corp.
Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
Related Web Site Links
U.S. Postal Service, Hot Springs Boulevard
U.S. Forest Service Pagosa Ranger District Office
(970) 264-2268, www.fs.fed.us
Stevens Field Airport
(970) 731-3060, www.stevensfield.com
AWOS frequency 127.175
FBO (970) 731-2127
Durango-La Plata County Airport
Colorado Department of Transportation
(303) 639-1111, cotrip.org
New Mexico Road Report
(800) 432-4269, nmroads.com
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