Summer Operations

Making Summer Adventures into
Great Family Memories!

Open Saturdays & Sundays Aug. 29-Sept. 27, plus Labor Day, Sept. 7

9am-5pm (weather permitting)  Ticket Office: 970-385-2168

Purgatory Resort and the surrounding area has something fun to do every day for every member of the family.   We love it here, and we know you will as well.


Mountain Fun at Purgatory Resort!  


Alpine Slide Feel the wind in your hair as you speed down the track, or take a leisurely ride and enjoy the views. 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. See who makes it to the bottom first!  

Water Runners
Purgatory Resort is offering another way to have fun with the whole family!  This year’s new attraction, Water Runners, will thrill all ages as you safely float, walk, run and roll on the surface of the water without ever getting wet.  Step inside a transparent bubble, close the air-tight zipper and away you go – walking, running and jumping on water – an exciting and fun experience. Watching friends and family navigate the bubble is a blast too.   

Sky Hike Adventure - Family Ropes Course
Don’t miss another new adventure, the family ropes course, designed specifically for Durango Mountain Resort.  Use your climbing instincts and challenge yourself with this fun, family-friendly obstacle course.   Climb over net bridges, wooden beams, rope ladders and more.  You’re strapped into a harness so it is completely safe to use and fun to master!

Purgatory Plunge Zipline!
Enjoy the view as you glide 420 feet at speeds up to 35 mph!  The adventure starts at the top of the Purgatory Village Tower, the tallest structure in the Durango area, and stretches over Purgatory Beach.  Featuring two parallel lines, race your friends or family members for an exciting thrill ride.
Miniature Golf
The 18-hole miniature golf course is fun for golfers of all ages.  Tucked along the mountainside, challenge family and friends on this fun course that features unique obstacles and spectacular scenery.  Mother Nature provides the incredible backdrop; we supply the ball and putter; you bring the stroke.  

Mechanical Bull
Kids of all ages will enjoy trying out their “cowboy” skills on the mechanical bull.  This manned and motorized bucking bull provides laughter and fun as family and friends try their hand at “taming” the bull.  

Climbing Wall
Combine exercise and fun as you scale the 24-foot wall in the Plaza.  Kids of all ages have fun mastering the wall as they show off their climbing abilities.  

Bungee Trampoline
Defy gravity and feel the wind whip through your hair as you jump and flip high above the Plaza on the Bungee Trampoline.  Those who are young or simply young at heart love this exhilarating, vertical experience.  

Durango Mining Company
Colorado’s rich mining history comes alive at Purgatory Resort!  Experience the old west and pan for gold, gemstones and other minerals in the Plaza, and keep what is found as a fun souvenir.

Total Adventure Ticket
Take advantage of the Total Adventure Ticket for hours of fun on the Alpine Slide, scenic chairlift, mountain bike uplift and trails, miniature golf, and sessions on the climbing wall, mechanical bull, bungee trampoline, Mining Company, Water Runners and Sky Hike Ropes Course.   The Total Adventure Ticket can be purchased at the Ticket Office, providing hours of entertainment and fun.

Mountain Bike Trails and Rentals
Home of the first World Mountain Bike Championships in 1990, Purgatory has miles of trails for all ability levels, accessible from the base area or via chair lift.  Pick up a trail map that details 10 distinct rides for a variety of skills and determine your course for fun and adventure.  Experience the natural beauty of the area with mixed spruce and aspen forests, wildlife and grass and wildflower meadows as you traverse the mountainside. 
For those who seek more adventurous rides, test your “flow” riding skills on the pump track or time yourself on our mountain bike short track.  The Durango Devo Coca-Cola Bike Park is conveniently located in the base area and is a source of great fun for participants and spectators alike.

Purgatory Sports offers adults and children top-of-the-line mountain bike rentals and provides expert service and friendly advice on trails for an epic adventure or a scenic cruise.  

Diggler Mountain Scooters
Designed to tackle terrain like a mountain bike and carve turns like a skateboard, the “Original Mountain Scooter” takes fun and adventure to a whole new level! With the long wheel base and board carve-ability, these scooters handle as well as bikes, can go nearly as fast, and are easy for first-timers. Don't miss the special Diggler Trail that starts at the top of the Twilight Lift 4.  Diggler Scooter rentals are available at Cycle Works.  

Disc Golf Course
Our 9-hole Disc Golf Course starts at the top of the Graduate Lift (Chair 7) and winds its way around a scenic loop. The course features a mixture of distances, elevation changes, trees, open spaces and water hazards.  Fun for the entire family.  A typical round can take from 45-90 minutes to complete. Stop by Purgatory Sports in the Village Plaza for a map of the course and the rules of the game. Play is free with your own discs or discs can be rented at Purgatory Sports.

Horseback Rides
Explore the backcountry on horseback! Experienced wranglers will guide you through the beautiful San Juan National Forest and Cascade Canyon.  One-hour, two-hour, half-day, and all day rides are available. Try the Sunset Dinner Ride, a two-hour ride followed by delicious Colorado steaks or chicken grilled over an open campfire.  Located across from the resort on U.S. Hwy. 550, Buck’s Livery offers mounted mountain adventures for all ages and experience levels.  

Durango, Colorado
A Playground for All Ages

Whether reconnecting with loved ones on a nature hike, or zipping down the Alpine Slide with your kids is more your speed, fun activities abound at Purgatory Resort and in the area.  Durango is a summertime playground boasting outdoor recreation and activities from rafting to mountain biking, from an historic steam train to hot springs and everything in between.  The charm of the town is attributed to its unassuming and friendly locals, spectacular scenery and depth of activities and events. A vibrant downtown offers a travel destination filled with arts, culture, shops and boutiques, more restaurants per capita than San Francisco, six craft breweries, Fort Lewis College, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and in the area, the World Heritage Site: Mesa Verde National Park, Chimney Rock National Monument and Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum.  The opportunities for fun, adventure and education are endless in Southwestern Colorado.