La Plata County is in the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. This is the home of Durango and the famous Durango & Silverton Scenic Railroad. Named for the Spanish word for "silver" (la plata),
La Plata County contains 1,692 square miles of land and 8 square miles of water. The county seat is Durango.
Below the dam at Lemon Lake
San Juan Skyway in La Plata County