Downtown Durango.  In contrast to Silverton, this did feel like a real town with 14,000 residents.

Durango, CO

Unlike Silverton or Ouray, Durango felt like a real town instead of a tiny tourist resort. Then again, it should as it is home to about 14,000 residents (still too small for me as a primary residence, but I promised a buddy I’d check it out for him a little). To my surprise, Durango had a remarkably down-to-earth feel to it underscored by reasonable real estate prices and “southwest Colorado’s busiest Walmart”.