Our region supports all the districts in the southwest corner of Colorado including Durango, Pagosa Springs, Ignacio, Dolores, Cortez, Mancos, Telluride and Bayfield, as well as independent and home-school teams within the area.


Welcome to the Southwest Region for DI Colorado! 

Welcome To Southwest

Greetings to our amazing Southwest DI participants!  And welcome to a new and different DI season. We’d like to express our deep appreciation for all the hard work and dedication you bring in support of our kids, especially during this challenging time.


DI can’t function without our Team Managers and Tournament Volunteers – and you are facilitating an experience for our team members that they’ll remember fondly throughout their lives. You’re also helping them to develop life-long skills like creative problem solving, self-expression, self-advocacy, teamwork, time and budget management, as well as completing the innovation process. They’ll rely upon these skills throughout the rest of their educational experience – preparing them to be more confident, capable, and successful as a result.

Thank you! You ROCK!

Register for Tournament Today!

This is the regional tournament for Southwest Colorado.


Team Manager Trainings

DI Colorado provides trainings for both our new and “seasoned” Team Managers.

All of our 22-23 Team Manager Trainings are scheduled. Check them out here. 

New Team Manager Training: Covers the basics: an overview of the program, what you’ll need to get started, Instant Challenge, team building etc. Our goal is to get you started on the right foot and comfortable with the Destination Imagination program. This training will not discuss any of the long-term challenges.


Volunteer Positions - We Need YOU!

We are also looking for volunteer Challenge Masters to help lead Teams throughout the season with the Engineering, Service Learning, Improvisational and Early Learning Challenges.

Attaching Yourself As Team Manager of Record

Attaching yourself as the manager of record for your team ensures you can access all of the program and challenge materials available to you. It also allows us to communicate important information to you directly. If you are co-managing with anyone else, all managers can, and should, sign up.


We need you to take a few minutes to first confirm your contact information then eventually enter your team’s information, including your Team Name, Team Challenge, and Challenge Level, in our Resource Area.


If this is your first time accessing the Resource Area, this portal will allow you to download documents, such as practice Instant Challenges, as well as ask Team Clarifications. So please go ahead and dig around while you’re in there!




      1. If you don’t have a DI account, create one now by going to: and entering your information.
      2. Once you have an account, go to the Resource Area here:
      3. Make sure to view and accept the code of conduct!
      4. Highlight the Teams tab and then select My Teams.
      5. Click on Add Team, and then enter either the Team Number and order number (this information will come from the person who purchased the team number) OR the Team Number and the postal code.
      6. If you have multiple teams, repeat Step 5 to claim all of your teams
      7. Click on the pencil icon to the left of your Team Number to edit your organization name, add another Team Manager, and eventually enter your team name and the Challenge/Level your team will be participating in this season. Remember, you can change the Challenge if your team decides to make a switch from their original plan. However, once you’ve competed in your first tournament, you cannot change your Challenge.
      8. Please Note: you DO NOT need to enter information about your team members on this DI Resource area; team member information will instead need to be entered later as part of the regional tournament registration process.


Important: Because our scoring program is tied to the information you provide, please make sure everything is accurate!

Background Checks

In order to provide the highest level of after school activities for our participants, Destination Imagination requires Team Managers to have a background check. Destination Imagination will be administering background checks through the Destination Imagination store.

Check out Destination Imagination’s Youth Protection Policy here.


Background Checks


In order to provide the highest level of after school activities for our participants, DI Colorado requires all team managers to have background checks. Please review our detailed Youth Protection Policy here.


New for 2022-2023. Background checks are being administered and processed through DIHQ.

    1. You can purchase a background check at Background Checks. 
    2. You can either purchase a background check with your team number or you can purchase a team number independently.
    3. You will not be able to access team challenges and other resources until you have cleared your background check.
    4. You can purchase a LEVEL 2 background check from Sterling Volunteers for DICO or from work with a different non-profit, church, or school, you may share it with Destination Imagination. NOT Destination Imagination Colorado. Again, Destination Imagination. Sterling Volunteer DICO Background Check use Good Deed Code: 97mwz1y. If you are a Jeffco team manager, please contact Tina or Megan. 
    5. Your school district can opt to do a Group Waiver and submit to DIHQ


DI Team Membership

Challenge Materials = $110 National Registration + $40 Background Check + $45 Colorado Affiliate Fee =$195 per Team


Regional Tournament Registration – fees TBD ($0-$50/Team)

Regional Tournament Registration Fee will be no more than $50/Team. We are hoping to secure funding sufficient to waive all regional tournament registration fees, but need a bit more time to make this happen.



Practice and Challenge Materials/Supplies

DI emphasizes using inexpensive materials and recycled “trash” items at no cost to the team, but estimates the average value of materials to be $250 per team in a normal year, perhaps much less in this year of virtual and socially distant solutions…

Who's Who
Nisia Square

Nisia Patalan

Regional Director

Nisia Patalan
Regional Director

Challenge Masters





Cara-Lyn Lappen



Erica Max














Elliot Brechner



Dianne Howe

Resources Quick Links
Southwest Calendar
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Southwest Regional Tournament
Southwest Regional Tournament @ Escalante Middle School
Mar 4 all-day
Southwest Regional Tournament @ Escalante Middle School | Durango | Colorado | United States
Details to follow.
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group 6:30 pm
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
Tonight’s Topics: Getting ready for State RSVP to Dacia Donohue at Bring a drink and light snack to share. If you have a specific topic you want to cover, email Dacia, she’ll work it in!
DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting 6:30 pm
DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting @ Zoom Meeting
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting @ Zoom Meeting | Denver | Colorado | United States
All board meetings are open to the public. Call or email to receive zoom link. Many meetings are held virtually.  
DI's Mission


To develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st-century skills and creativity.


The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.