The Town of Bayfield experienced a significent population increase beginning in 2000. In 2001, the Town agreed to form a special improvement district to build a business park which has 38 commercial parcels on 56 acres. Since 2000, the Town has also added several new residential subdivisions, which are still building out phases and lots. Town provides water, sewer and trash service to approximately 1,200 residential and commercial customers.
Bayfield is situated in the eastern part of La Plata County in southwestern Colorado. It is located approximately 20 miles east of Durango and 50 miles west of Pagosa Springs on U.S. Highway 160. The San Juan Mountain range is located to the east and the La Plata Mountains loom to the west. Closer to Town is the HD Mountain range, where many Bayfield residents like to escape for hikes and outdoor recreation. The Town is nestled in the Pine River Valley next to the Los Piños River. There are ample U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and State of Colorado lands surrounding Town, providing mountain, desert, and lakeside landscapes to explore. Bayfield's elevation is 6,900 feet, which contributes to its well-defined seasons.
The climate boasts wide ranging temperatures and low humidity year round. Lots of sunshine makes winter days seem mild and comfortable. Most snowfall is from January through March. The climate is ideal for solar-heated buildings, and gardeners are able to grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
Distance to Major Cities (in miles)
Albuquerque, NM 230 mi
Denver, CO 320 mi
Santa Fe, NM 255 mi
Salt Lake City, UT 410 mi
Grand Junction, CO 190 mi
Phoenix, AZ 500 mi
Amarillo, TX 510 mi