News Flash

City of Durango News Flash

Posted on: March 3, 2023

City addresses illegal camping at Roosa


Durango, CO:  The city of Durango is working with area support groups and the judicial system to ensure the existing ordinances are enforced in a humane way to dissuade further illegal camping along Roosa Avenue by the Animas River.

Residents have contacted the city and expressed concern regarding unpermitted camping in that area and the associated problems of trash and human waste. 

The city’s code enforcement officers and police officers have regularly been working with nonprofit agencies to provide the help these individuals need.  While visiting the illegal camping sites the police officers and code enforcement officers are first offering available resources and services to those illegally camping.  If those available services are refused, they are issued a citation for illegal camping.  The city is also meeting with representatives of court system to find ways to ensure these citations are being adequately addressed.

Signs have been posted on tents at the camps encouraging the homeless to not move if cited. Many citations are being dismissed through the judicial system.  This leaves the city’s enforcement of ordinances with few, if any, options.  

Police Chief Bob Brammer said code enforcement officers are ensuring there are services available prior to any citation being issued. “Our code enforcement and police officers work diligently to connect these unpermitted campers with the multitude of services provided by the city and other organizations, but we also have a responsibility to enforce the city’s ordinances,” he said. “We are writing tickets that are not being honored or enforced, so it puts us in a real bind. We just want compliance with the established rule of law enacted by the citizens of this community.”

 A list of numerous services provided by the city can be found on the city’s website including information on camping rules, trespassing and prohibited activities.”


City of Durango logoMedia Contact
Tom Sluis
Public Information Officer - Spokesman 
Phone: (970) 375-5090


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City of Durango News Flash


Durango hires new city attorney

Posted on: March 31, 2023
2023 Spring Cleanup

Spring Cleanup begins April 3

Posted on: March 29, 2023

Easter Egg scramble 4/8

Posted on: March 28, 2023
Mesa Park

Durango Mesa Park open house Monday

Posted on: March 8, 2023

City crews repair potholes

Posted on: March 7, 2023

City to host public forum on tourism

Posted on: February 24, 2023

January 2023 crime stats stay consistent

Posted on: February 15, 2023
Bore Holes

Boring holes drilled downtown

Posted on: February 8, 2023
Snow warning Post

City services affected by severe weather

Posted on: January 17, 2023
Snow Routes sign

Snow routes in effect

Posted on: January 15, 2023
Crime Stats

Crime in Durango fell during December

Posted on: January 12, 2023
Call to Artists

A Call to Artists

Posted on: December 29, 2022

Slash piles to burn in Dalla Mountain Park

Posted on: December 14, 2022
Council Highlights

Council Highlights December, 06, 2022

Posted on: December 8, 2022