Bayfield, Colorado

Bayfield, Colorado

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Bayfield is a Statutory Town in La Plata County, Colorado, United States. The population was 1,549 at the 2000 census.


Bayfield is located at coor dms|37|13|50|N|107|35|58|W|city (37.230532, -107.599539)GR|1, along U.S. Route 160 .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,549 people, 567 households, and 409 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,433.3 people per square mile (553.8/km²). There were 597 housing units at an average density of 552.4/sq mi (213.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.67% White, 0.19% African American, 2.13% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 3.36% from other races, and 2.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.46% of the population.

There were 567 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,336, and the median income for a family was $46,583. Males had a median income of $34,464 versus $22,027 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,324. About 2.9% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

Entertainment in the area

There are many restaurants in Bayfield, a park where local events are held, and high school sports games, many of which have very small attendance (with the exception of Homecoming week).

There are six parks in Bayfield, one being the Joe Stephenson's park. Another park, Eagle Park, is across the street; it is the venue for many celebrations, such as the Cinco de Mayo. The other parks are Gosney, Little Pine, Mesa, and Roadside.

The high school provides many different types of sports and entertainment; these include soccer, football, volleyball, occasional tennis, jazz concerts, choirs, art gallery, plays, talent shows, conferences, and many other Wolverine Pride events. Bayfield has developed a few bands, comedians, and athletes. One of the bands is History Of.

There is a karate class, taught by Master Dan Cyr and his wife, 2nd Degree Sandy Cyr. The Pine River Karate Club competes in several tournaments a year, most of them local.

Bayfield High School has drafting and construction classes taught by Curtis Gillespie, winner of a Skills USA Advisor of the year award.


Bayfield has no professional or amateur sports teams outside of its middle and high school programs and some youth programs.

chool sports

The high school has a football program and an award-winning track team. Wrestling, soccer, basketball, track, and cross-country are the other sports available to boys. Girls, on the other hand, play volleyball, soccer, basketball, cross-country and track, and participate in cheerleading at the state levels. The rivalry between Bayfield's Wolverines and Ignacio's Bobcats, an inholding in the Ute Reservation south of Bayfield, is well-known locally.

In 1996, the football team enjoyed unprecedented successes and won the 3A state football title. Since then, the team has enjoyed only mediocre success. The 2007 season, coached by Marshall Hahn, ended with a 8-2 record, reversing 2006's 2-8 season record.

Bayfield is home to Steve Flint, the 2005 3A cross-country state champion, the 2006 3A 1600 meter state champion, and the 2006 3A 3200 meter state champion.

In 2005, the boys cross country team won the state meet. Led by prolific Steve Flint, the team edged Colorado Springs Christian by one point. Other members of the team were the tandem Jesse and Jake Krueger, Joseph Reimers, Tanner Phelps, Kalen Gantt, and James Sundblom. The team was coached by Mr. Vernon Kimball

Bayfield Wrestling won the 2007 Intermountain League Championships under the leadership of Coach Herb Stinson. Stinson has won National Coach of the Year, and coached numerous state champion teams and individuals. The IML Championship victory was Bayfield's first since 1991.

The 2007 AAA Wrestling Southern Regional Tournament was held in Bayfield. The Bayfield Wolverines were Regional Runner-Up, but had a pair of individual champions in Jordan Larsen and Markus Eckstein

Community growth

Bayfield and the surrounding area have seen continued growth in commercial and residential activity due to substantially lower real estate costs than Durango, which is located 18 miles to the west. Historically Bayfield was a hamlet serving the surrounding agricultural community. There continues to be a fair amount of agriculture but over the last 15 years Bayfield has transitioned into a bedroom community for Durango. Bayfield is now trending toward a more self sufficient community as more of the regional work force lives in the eastern part of La Plata County and more employers and service providers are locating in Bayfield. Natural gas production is a substantial component in the local economy with numerous international and regional producers operating in and around Bayfield.

ee also

*Colorado municipalities
*Durango Micropolitan Statistical Area
*La Plata County, Colorado
*State of Colorado


External links

* [ Town of Bayfield website]
** [ CDOT map of the Town of Bayfield]
* [ Bayfield School Page]
* [ Bayfield Sports]
* [ Community Portal]

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