Bayfield is a Statutory Town in La Plata County, Colorado, United States. The population was 1,549 at the 2000 census. 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.
Bayfield has no professional or amateur sports teams outside of its middle and high school programs and some youth programs.
Bayfield High School has football, wrestling, soccer, basketball, track, baseball, and cross-country for boys. Girls play volleyball, soccer, basketball, cross-country and track, and participate in cheerleading at the state levels. In 1996, the football team won the 3A state football title. In 2005, the boys cross country team won the state meet.
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.