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Overview

Purgatory is located in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. About 26 miles north of the historic town of Durango, the resort is an inexpensive family destination that has gorgeous scenery combined with short lift lines and terrain options for all abilities.

Averaging 260 inches of snow a season, Purgatory Resort offers 1,605 acres of skiable terrain. The resort’s 12 lifts allow visitors to access 101 trails and 7 terrain parks.  

The resort is also close to Mesa Verde National Park, an incredible ancient city and largest archaeological preserve in the United States. The park protects nearly 5,000 archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings.

Inside Scoop

From Where does the Name Purgatory Come?

The exact origin of the Purgatory name is disputed; some attribute the name to a 1776 Spanish expedition where several Spanish explorers were lost on the nearby Animas River. The bodies were never found, and the explorers named the river, “El Rio de las Animan Perdidas” or the River of Lost Souls.

Another theory is that miners who were trying to travel from Durango to Silverton would have to pay a toll to access the road. Miners who couldn’t afford the toll were stationed at area called Purgatory Flats because they were stuck in limbo between heading to Silverton or turning around and heading home.

Other Activities at Purgatory Resort

During the summer, the mountain turns into a biker’s paradise with miles of cross country and downhill riding access from uphill trails or lifts. Other actives include a mountain roller coaster and music festivals.

Restaurants

Breakfast

  • A perfect place to grab coffee and a pastry before the day starts, the Village Market & Deli is located in Kendall Building at the resort’s Village Plaza. The menu offers a variety of options from sandwiches, breakfast burritos, muffins and bagels. To ensure something for everyone, ask about the alternative menu for those with allergies. 24 Sheol Street, Durango, CO 81301

Lunch

  • The Nugget Mountain Bar : This historic bar will feel like a step back into an old miner’s cabin decorated with reclaimed wood. The Nugget is a cozy, family friendly place to gather. Food is provided by Backcountry Gourmet offering a variety of sliders. 48721 North Highway 550, Durango CO, 81301

Dinner

  • Located in the heart of the village at Purgatory Lodge, this mountain causal restaurant offers a modern American cuisine. Purgy’s Slopside is a perfect way to start the day on the mountain or end it. There is a full-service bar and menu that has options for all. 24 Sheol Street, Durango, CO 81301
  • The Olde Schoolhouse Café & Saloon has been serving pizza, calzones and wings in the Durango area for over 20 years! Just south of the resort, the quaint café has a pool table and full bar service. Stop on in for the best service in town and a unique experience. 46778 N Hwy. 550, Durango, CO 81301

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

72"
45"
30"
15"
0"
13"
Nov
60"
Dec
50"
Jan
53"
Feb
42"
Mar
7"
Apr
May
Beginners Runs
22%
Intermediate Runs
35%
Advanced Runs
30%
Expert Runs
13%
Runs in Total
107
Longest Run
1.3 mi
Skiable Terrain
1128 ac
Snow Making
250 ac

Total Lifts: 11

High Speed Sixes
1
High Speed Quads
2
Triple Chairs
3
Double Chairs
3
Surface Lifts
2

Elevation

Base
8793'
Summit
10822'
Vertical Drop
2029'

Important Dates

November 16, 20242024/11/16
Projected Opening
April 27, 20252025/04/27
Projected Closing
156
Projected Days Open
130
Days Open Last Year
59
Years Open
260"
Average Snowfall
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