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Old 09-05-2006, 08:56 AM
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Can anyone tell me how long (time and miles) I could expect for the communte between Durango and Farmington? I am considering taking a job with my company in Farmington New Mexico and would like to live in or near Durango.

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Old 09-05-2006, 11:49 AM
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Question Commuting to Farmington from Durango

How long does it take to drive from Durango to Farmington, NM? I am considering taking a job in Farmington and would like live in Durango.
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Old 09-05-2006, 12:23 PM
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Mapquest says its 51 miles one way.
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Old 09-05-2006, 12:54 PM
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I saw the miles. Have you ever made the drive? If so how long did it take, what are the roads like, etc.
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Old 09-05-2006, 03:19 PM
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Hey Big Dave,

Commuting from Durango to Farmington (Hwy 550/516)...obviously it kinda depends on what traffic and road conditions you are used to, but here's some info.

Time=about 1hour depending on time of day, weather, stop/start points, etc. Starting in Durango...traffic in Durango to Farmington Hill intersection (south end of DGO) can be congested (lots of growth), but the inersection has been rebuilt in recent years to make for smoother traffic flow. From Durango to the state line (about half way to FARM) you will find 2 lane undivided highway...narrow with little shoulder, but generally well kept. Watch out for cars turning left in front of you.

At the state line, the highway becomes 4 lane divided with big shoulders. This is the case all of the way into FARM...much better situation. Around Aztec, NM you may find numerous big oilfield trucks, but the highway is wide, so no big deal. Notorious speed traps around Aztec...@#%$&*#!

Weather -- in Jul, Aug, Sep, you will regularly have showers on your drive home to DGO... usually light and short term. In winter, there will be days when you will be going to work in snow. Generally, the Durango-area snow removal crews do stellar work, but I have seen am accidents, so you may have to add 30 or more minutes to your commute. This in not a daily occurence, but hard to predict how may times each winter...10-15 maybe??

Also, there is a "back way" to FARM...the LaPlata Highway...less traffic, narrow 2 lane undivided with little shoulder room, generally well kept, still about an hour. Depending on where you start in DGO and where you are going in FARM, this route can be a great alternative.

Finally, carpooling is big...there are lots of daily commuters between the two towns.

Ya know, Big Dave, this is probably more than you needed and, of course, subject to your experiences. I have driven both routes many times and have "hitched" the 550/516 route numerous times and I have never had a problem. The scenery is cool either way and the drivers are usually friendly. Best of luck, man, and feel free to post or send me a private message if I can be of more help. Thanks!
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Old 09-05-2006, 04:22 PM
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Very helpful. Thanks
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Old 09-05-2006, 10:16 PM
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Dgoboy, I couldn't have said it any better! Also, the speed trap in Aztec, NM is SO true! A friend of mine was going only 3 miles over the speed limit and got a ticket! I think because of the out of state plates! I see NM drivers going faster there and they don't get stopped. So yes anyone traveling through Aztec, obey the speed limits! There WILL be a cop there, 95 percent of the time! My brother got a ticket there too for going 5 miles over the speed limit in the downtown. It is going downhill (coming from Bloomfield to Aztec) and you have to keep the brakes on just to obey the speed limit when it goes to the 20s!
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Old 09-05-2006, 10:55 PM
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Big Dave, I noticed this was already answered for you on another thread but I thought I'd use it so it doesn't go to waste by telling people who commute to Farmington from Durango and vice versa that if you buy out on the mesa say from Sunnyside to Durango, you can save time going to Farmington. You would be near Durango too. You can also buy out in Florida Mesa and take the county roads to the highway and it also takes less time then having to drive all through Durango. A small town called Cedar Hill is in between both cities and it would take half the time to go to each city but not a lot available out there but is another alternative. As you go toward Farmington it will become more desert. When you get to the NM border, it becomes a desert.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:13 AM
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All of you have been so helpful. I am in Colorado now vacationing. I would love to relocate to Durango. It is everything I ever hoped for scenery wise. The rest would no doubt be up to me..I pretty much can decide to love whereever Im at. Thanks again.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:24 AM
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That would be a heck of a commute, especially in the winter. I wouldn't do it.
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