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Exploring the Essentials: Shopping and Services in Southwest Colorado - Part 3

Moving to a new region often prompts questions about everyday conveniences. In Part 3 of our series on living in Southwest Colorado, we'll delve into the shopping and essential services available in the area. From charming boutiques to healthcare facilities, we'll guide you through the amenities that make life in this region both comfortable and enjoyable.


Retail Options: Southwest Colorado offers a diverse array of shopping experiences. While you won't find sprawling malls, you will discover something even more special – unique boutiques and locally-owned shops that reflect the region's character. Here are some highlights:

  1. Durango: The historic downtown area is a shopping hub, featuring boutique clothing stores, art galleries, and specialty shops. The Main Avenue is lined with charming storefronts that invite exploration.

  2. Cortez: This town boasts a mix of national retailers and local businesses, offering a balance between convenience and the opportunity to support local artisans and craftsmen.

  3. Mancos: Known for its artistic community, Mancos is home to galleries, studios, and shops where you can find one-of-a-kind creations.

  4. Dolores: A quaint town with unique antique shops and small boutiques, perfect for treasure hunting.

Essential Services: Ensuring access to essential services is crucial when considering a move. Southwest Colorado has you covered:

  1. Healthcare: Durango, Cortez, and surrounding areas offer comprehensive healthcare services. Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango and Southwest Health System in Cortez provide medical care of the highest standard.

  2. Transportation: While the region may not have a major airport, you can easily access major cities like Denver via the Durango-La Plata County Airport. Additionally, well-maintained highways and scenic byways connect you to neighboring regions.

  3. Utilities: Reliable utilities, including water, electricity, and internet, are available throughout Southwest Colorado.



Local Markets and Farmers' Markets: Embrace the local food scene by visiting farmers' markets. You'll find fresh produce, artisanal goods, and a chance to connect with local farmers and producers. Durango Farmers' Market https://www.durangofarmersmarket.org/and Cortez Farmers' Market https://www.cortezfarmersmarket.com/ popular options during the growing season. Durango Natural Foods (insert hyperlink) and Dolores Food Market (insert hyperlink ) are two locations were you can purchase local produce year round!


Life in Southwest Colorado is marked by a unique blend of convenience and authenticity. While you'll have access to essential services and shopping options, you'll also enjoy the character and charm of locally-owned businesses. As you explore the region, you'll discover that the community spirit extends to supporting local enterprises. In our next installment, we'll delve into the lifestyle of Southwest Colorado, discussing the region's climate, outdoor activities, and cultural offerings. Stay with us as we continue to uncover the many facets of this remarkable region.


Contact us today if you're looking to move to Southwest Colorado, we can help!



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