Durango mountain, previously known as Purgatory, is a Colorado ski resort (located in the San Juan Mountains) and is only 25 miles north of the town of Durango. The mountain offers around 85 runs (with two terrain parks) that are serviced by 11 lifts. The Mountain was first opened in 1965 when it was known as Purgatory and receives an annual snowfall of about 260 inches per year.
- 1 Location
- 2 Reviews
- 3 Contacts
- 4 Planning
- 5 Resort Facilities
- 6 Ride Guide
- 7 Other
- 8 Resources
For further directions see: Getting There
- Good variety
- Big mountain
- Good grooming
- No Lines
- Family Focus
- Long traverse from backside
- 25 min from town
- Food can be "so-so"
- Staff apparently not too friendly
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Directions from the intersection of Hwy 550, Camino Del Rio and Hwy 160, the East West route between Cortez and Pagosa Springs:
From the intersection of Hwy 550, Camino Del Rio and Hwy 160, go north on Camino Del Rio, Hwy 550, toward Silverton. After you pass the City Market, Camino Del Rio connects to North Main Avenue at the next traffic light. At the light, bear left to continue north on Hwy 550, Main Avenue. Follow Hwy 550 until Mile Marker 49 and Purgatory will be on the west side of the highway.
Lodging is available on mountain and in the surrounding areas.
Tickets can be purchased online or on the mountain.
Ski school is available.
Durango Mountain Offers a large selection of rentals and rental shops can be fount at the resort.
Durango Mountain offers many activities from tubing and skibiking to annual festivals, clubs and live music.
Durango Mountain has many different restaurants to choose from to suit anyone.
Bars & Entertainment
Bars, clubs and live entertainment is available on mountain with enough viraity to keep everyone happy.
Durango Mountain has more than 500 unique stores and boutiques, including two malls, in which to browse.
Out of Bounds
Parks & Pipes
In an area long settled by Native Americans, nearby Mesa Verde National Park is an incredible monument to the Ute, Anasazi and other Peoples who once called this area home. An archeological treasure, Mesa Verde features ancient dwellings once inhabited by the areas Native Population and was named by National Geographic Traveler as one of The Best Places of a Lifetime to Visit. Also explored by countless adventurers of old, Purgatory Mountain came into its modern day name in 1776 when several Spanish explorers traveling on the nearby Animas River. Some of their party were lost, and their bodies were never found. The other travelers believed the souls of the lost men would be relegated to Purgatory, and from this legend was born the designation, Purgatory Mountain. Following this legendary expedition, the river was named “El Rio de las Animan Perdidas” or the River of Lost Souls (now the Animas River). The ski area originally opened as Purgatory Resort in 1965, and we now operate as the year-round Durango Mountain Resort. At its heart, the actual town of Durango is a railroad town with its history being derived from the famed Narrow Gauge Railroad era. Founded in 1880, Durango arose when the Denver & Rio Grande built a narrow gauge track to Silverton, thereby establishing Durango as a hub for smelting ore harvested from mines in the region’s mountains. Visitors can still experience the historic thrill and beautiful scenery of this narrow gauge track aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which has been in continuous operation for 125 years. Durango boasts the 12,000 square foot museum featuring the working portion of the Roundhouse and mint condition engines and railroad cars and bountiful railroad memorabilia.
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