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Purgatory Resort, Durango

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#2 of 11 in Parks in Durango
Take a turn along the many trails of Purgatory Resort amid the rugged San Juan Mountains. Ten ski lifts and 88 trails mean you'll rarely find lines for the slopes. The extraordinary amount of snowfall here--averaging 6.7 m (22 ft) per year--ensures that the slopes are well-supplied. At the summit at 3,299 m (10,822 ft), you'll be rewarded with views of peaks and bowls etched with evergreens and aspen trees. The resort's ominous nickname, Purgatory, comes from the name of the creek that runs through the region. Put Purgatory Resort into our Durango trip generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 14, 2017
    A Great Time! My son ( 11 ) and I signed up for a Beginner Mountain Biking lesson with Tina and it was awesome! She was extremely knowledgeable and a certified pro. We learned so much and had a blast....  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The check in process was very disorganized but otherwise the facility was fine. Doesn't wow you but doesn't disappoint.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    For less than the price of a hotel room with two queens in Durango we got a one bedroom corner condo with a King size bed a full kitchen with dining room, living room with sofa bed, a balcony in the c...  more »
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  • June 8, 2017
    I checked out Purgatory Resort during the summer to ride their Divinity Flow mt. bike trail. They did an awesome job. It was a really fun experience. This area is beautiful. I wish I could have stayed longer to enjoy more of what Purgatory has to offer.
  • June 10, 2017
    Great place for summer or winter fun. Lots of things to do like zip lining, alpine sledding, hiking, mountain biking and even razor rentals. Rooms are great. Very comfortable and well maintained.
  • July 6, 2017
    We stayed in Cascade Village, which was an older unit at Purgatory Resort. I didn't realize I booked in an older unit, which was frustrating. I don't mind the age of a place, if it is kept up appropriately. However, one toilet over-flowed several times when we were there and therefore, we stopped using it. And then we only had one toilet for the 6 of us. We were told by maintenance it's just the 'old pipes'. I paid for a two bathroom unit! In my opinion, the price we paid seemed to be for the newer unit. Also, we have a young family and we couldn't utilize the balcony secondary to the railing being broken in half and was super unsafe for the kids. This was discovered by my husband. We were not for-warned by the facility. Also, the wifi was super slow and pointless. The summer activities were great for the kids except the wait in the lines were ridiculously long. When I asked what they advised to keep my kids busy for one day, I was advised to purchase 10 activities per child. The lines were so long, we had to spend two days doing that in order to use all of what we had purchased. We only really wanted to spend one day doing that. On a positive note, the views are spectacular; doesn't get any better! Our kids are too small to do lake activities or bike riding but there was a lot of that going on and looked super fun! The food and drinks on-site were good and the bar was great!
  • June 1, 2017
    Zero stars. If I want to get lied to and treated like cap I will go to work. The staff is not friendly at all the website says come out and have fun then you get here and the rides are half closed do to the resorts poor planning and not ordering parts. Also the web site tells you to buy on line but on your phone it does not let you know 48 hours in advance. I would recommend don't waste your money here and go to a resort that has there stuff together.
  • March 7, 2017
    I had a great day snowboarding. The lift lines were easy and short, even on local appreciation day and demo day. The snow was great even though there hadn't been any fresh for a week they kept it in great shape. There are plenty of places to strap in when you get off the lift. I saw that there were bathrooms all over though I didn't need any. I'm Thrifty person so the food prices at the dining on Mountain were a little bit steep for my tastes but the food was good. The rental equipment I got was awesome had zero problems all day long it was nice stuff.

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Immerse yourself in Durango's rich history by staying in one of downtown's turn-of-the-century hotels, where the buildings' brick architecture highlights a bygone era. Not only do these pack plenty of character, they offer proximity to the majority of the town's eateries, stores, and attractions. A motel farther out of town is typically cheaper, while a rural bed and breakfast is ideal for a romantic getaway. For an authentic western Colorado experience, consider a dude ranch on the outskirts.
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