Part of Durango Mountain Resort, staying at Purgatory Lodge offers you access to many outdoor activities for year-round vacation fun.
A winter vacation chock-full of exhilarating outdoor fun awaits you in Durango, Colorado and the surrounding San Juan Mountains. If you are looking for alpine adventures, mountain fun in the snow, and breathtaking scenery as far as the eye can see, a winter stay at Durango Mountain Resorts makes the ideal home base for your vacation in the Rockies.
Featuring hundreds of miles of well-groomed trails through the foothills and slopes of the San Juan Mountains, snowshoeing opportunities through snow-covered alpine forests, high-octane snowmobiling excursions that zigzag the Durango area, and natural all around – winter activities abound. Here’s a glance at what you can experience:
SKIING and SNOW BOARDING
Snowcat Skiing and Snowboarding in the rugged and remote San Juan National Forest of Southwestern Colorado is presented by The San Juan Ski Company. Intermediate, advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders can now explore this fabulous backcountry terrain.
With 35,000 acres of breathtaking terrain in the heart of the West San Juan Mountains, The San Juan Ski Company is Colorado’s largest Cat Skiing operation. Escorted by experienced guides, skiers will find untracked bowls, chutes, ridges, glades and treed slopes in an area that receives between 20 and 30 feet of snow each season.
Elevations range from 8,800 at Durango Mountain Resorts base to 12,500 feet at the summit of Greyrock Peak. Skiers and riders are transported by powerful Bombardier BR 400+ snowcats with custom designed, enclosed and heated coaches. The snowcat rides of 15-30 minutes between runs gives you time to relax, clean off your goggles, and keep warm. And, unlike heli-skiing the snowcat always goes regardless of the weather.
KLING MOUNTAIN GUIDES
Experience something new in the backcountry this winter in the company of an experienced guide from Kling Mountain Guides. If you’ve ever wanted to try ice-climbing in nearby Cascade Canyon or to ski the untracked powder of the San Juan’s, then Kling Mountain Guides can lead the way.
Buck’s Livery will offer nightly sleigh rides from Purgatory’s base area. As skiers and snowboarders descend from their last run of the day, they will be greeted by a picturesque lineup of horse-drawn sleighs.
SNOWSHOE AT DURANGO MOUNTAIN RESORT
Explore the backcountry on snowshoes—all you need is a sense of adventure and Durango Mountain Resort will provide the rest! The resort’s experienced guides will take you into the scenic San Juan National Forest, where you can enjoy winter’s beauty in areas you would never see any other way.
SNOW COASTER TUBING HILL
Fly down the mountain on a tube at the Snow Coaster tubing hill. Rent a tube from Purgatory’s rental fleet, hike up the hill and then whoosh down one of three tubing lanes in the Columbine Area. It’s fun for all ages, and the perfect end to a great day on the mountain.
Additional winter activities include nordic skiing, snowmobile adventures and many more fun and challenging outdoor undertakings.
Summertime in Durango is also the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy an amazing array of outdoor activities including Colorado whitewater rafting on the Animas River, horseback riding, and hiking Colorado’s scenic landscapes! Here’s a glance at some of the many activities you can enjoy onsite or in the area:
Take one part incredible scenic views, add in some cables, harnesses, trolleys and helmets; connect it to the tallest tower in Durango and what does it produce? Screams of delight, heart-thumping exhilaration with breathtaking views from Durango Mountain Resort’s new zipline, called the “Purgatory Plunge.”
The Purgatory Plunge is named for the sensation of literally “plunging” off the tower as zipliners experience both vertical and horizontal motion. The adventure starts near the top of the Purgatory Village tower in the resort’s main plaza and features two parallel ziplines that stretch over Purgy’s Bear Bar and the “Purgatory Beach.” Soar for more than the length of a professional football field at speeds in excess of 35 mph.
Feel the wind in your hair as you speed down the track… or take a leisurely ride and enjoy the view. Durango Mountain Resort’s Alpine Slide is fun for the whole family. The chairlift carries riders up the mountain for a descent of more than half a mile. Each sled has a control stick to regulate speed as you cruise side-by-side on adjacent tracks.
Adventure on horseback! Experienced wranglers will help you explore the San Juan National Forest & Cascade Canyon on a horse that fits your ability level. 1 hour, 2 hour, 1/2 day, and all day rides are available. Try the Sunset Dinner Ride - a 2 hour ride followed by Colorado steaks or chicken grilled over an open fire. Kids & special menu items also available.
Guided Naturalist Hikes are a great way to learn about the natural environment at Durango Mountain Resorts. Whether you choose to participate in a guided hike or venture along on a self-guided trek, the warmer season offers outdoor aficionados a vast playground to explore and enjoy. Don't forget your camera!
Navigate the Animas River with Southwest Whitewater's professionally trained guides. Trips on the Animas are perfect for the whole family, featuring Class III rapids, waves and beautiful scenery
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
One of the Four Corner’s most treasured attractions, Mesa Verde was established in 1906 as one of the first National Parks of its kind. The Park is home to ancient dwellings built by Ancestral Puebloan Indians around 600 A.D. The people who called this area home mysteriously disappeared in 1300 AD. Today, the site has been designated a World Cultural Heritage Site by the United Nations and the #1 Monument in the World by Conde Naste Traveler. It is well preserved so that guests from around the world can tour the ancient dwellings comfortably.
Within about an hour’s drive are the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park and the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. A little bit further allows you to visit Crow Canyon Archeological Center, the Anasazi Heritage Museum, and Chimney Rock.
FISHING AND FLY FISHING
The Durango area offers some of the best fishing in the USA, including world-class fly fishing for trophy sized trout and more awaits anglers year-round! From the Animas River to remote high country lakes in Colorado’s wilderness and the acclaimed tailwaters of the San Juan River below Navajo Dam, the Durango area has it all.
Additional summer activities include scenic chairlift, Durango Mining Company offerings and so much more for guests to enjoy.