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Purgatory Resort’s Top 8 Activities Near Durango

Looking For Activities Near Durango? Here’s Your Perfect Summer Itinerary!

The stunning beauty of the southwest is on display all summer long at Purgatory Resort. With so many unique and adventurous activities near Durango, it can be difficult to know where to begin! From the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train to Mesa Verde National Park, there are endless activities near Durango!

Ready to build your Durango summer itinerary? Start here!

Must Do Adventures at Purgatory

So many activities, one low price (up to $40 off) when you purchase your Total Adventure Ticket online up to 48 hours in advance! Purgatory’s Total Adventure Ticket offers access to more than a dozen activities including our alpine slide and—new for 2017!—summer tubing, air bag jump (coming soon!) and water sports on Twilight Lake, including stand-up paddle boarding, pedal boats, kayaks, and canoes.

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Other activities at Purgatory include mountain biking and hiking. Mountain bike rentals are available at Purgatory Cycle Works in Village Plaza and at Purgatory Sports in Durango. Mountain bike lessons are also available for all skill levels!

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train

One of Durango’s most revered (and historical) activities, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train takes visitors on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the La Plata Mountains of Southwest Colorado. The vintage coal-powered “iron horse” is especially popular with train enthusiasts and children of all ages!

Mesa Verde National Park

Discover ancestral Puebloan culture on a day trip to Mesa Verde National Park. Located just 45 minutes from Durango (and 75 minutes from Purgatory), the impeccably preserved cliff dwellings are a breathtaking sight to behold. It’s as if you’ve stepped back in time!

San Juan Scenic Byway

An iconic activity near Durango, cruising the San Juan Scenic Byway is beloved by the young and the old alike. Whether you begin your journey in Durango or start at Purgatory, the drive to Silverton and Ouray is stunningly scenic and thrilling all at once! Also known as the Million Dollar Highway, you’ll view rugged peaks and steep cliffs—all from the comfort of your car!

Bar D Chuckwagon

In the mood for dinner and a show? Visit Bar D Chuckwagon for a night of old west songs, instrumentals, and comedy to entertain the entire family. Bar D is open nightly, making it the perfect addition to any Durango vacation!

Rafting

Whether you’re after an adrenaline-pumping adventure or simply want to float the Animas River, there are plenty of rafting options in Durango! Choose anything from 2-hour to multi-day trips and you’re sure to go home wet, but with a smile!

Jeep Rentals and Tours

For independent explorers, there’s nothing more enjoyable than renting a Jeep and hitting the dirt! But don’t worry—if you’re more of a passenger, you can sign up for an exhilarating Jeep tour too!

Horseback riding

Explore the San Juan National Forest and Cascade Canyon in a uniquely old west fashion…by horseback! Buck’s Livery is a fan-favorite for both trail rides and pack trips alike!


In Need of Lodging?

At Purgatory, we have several ways to save more on lodging rates and family-friendly activities!

Click here to learn more about our Lodging Options. Looking to save? Here are our specials and packages!