4.4 out of 10

Ignacio

37.1165325455225 -107.635397553088
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
  • Childcare
  • Internet Access
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Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Mar 12, 2013

"A good mix of ethnicity here"

Ignacio lies on the southern tip of Colorado, just above New Mexico. This town of 705 people represents a good mix of Hispanic, white, and American Indian. The major industry here is retail, followed closely by construction. The town is the headquarters for the Southern Ute Indian Nation. The town of Ignacio itself has some very scenic views from the outer lying areas. It's hard to see the views from most points in town though. Since Ignacio lies along the river, there is an abundance of large, beautiful trees here.

The median household income here is $43,271 but the median home prices is just $120,170, so the cost of living here is pretty good. However, for families with school aged children, the schools are far from good and are some of the lowest academically achieving in the state.

Ignacio has some cool festivals in town and there is plenty to do nearby for tourists. There are a lot of outdoor activities and places to rent horses or ATVs to tour the countryside. Four corners is only about an hour away.

The thing I like most about Ignacio is the Indian heritage that is present. They are a proud people and there is so much in their history that is rich and wonderful to experience. If you're in the area, Ignacio should be on your list of places to visit.
Pros
  • native american culture
Cons
  • remote
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Oct 28, 2012

"Ignacio -- capital of the Southern Ute Indian tribe"

Ignacio is a small town in SW Colorado of about 700 people. Durango is the closest city about 40 miles away. Ignacio is within the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, the town is the capital of the Southern Ute Indian tribe.

The median household income is just under $30,000. There are many ranches and big plots of land near Ignacio along the green waterway of Los Pinos River making its way through the town, the surrounding area away from the river is desert sage and brush. Real estate prices are fairly low relative to the cost of land in northern Colorado or along the Front Range. An 80 acre ranch with a 3 bedroom home and barns goes for about $400,000. Standard homes in town can go for about $180,000.

The town has casinos such as its largest casino Sky Ute Casino & Resort ironically within a mile of the town's largest church the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Both buildings are seriously beautiful and the casino is not your average rundown casino.

The local people in the surrounding area use the town as a hub. The schools are full of kids from miles around, for example the communities around the Navajo Reservoir to the south send their kids to Ignacio to attend its public schools.

There is a new, architecturally amazing Southern Ute museum. The museum and other organizations in town offer traditional native american events and art showings. The Ute reservation is to the south as well as ancient dwelling sites such as the famous Mesa Verde to the west and many smaller sites in New Mexico just 15 miles to the south.
Pros
  • good schools
  • native american culture
Cons
  • remote