Nestled in San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, Purgatory Resort sits just 25 miles north of the historic downtown area of Durango. Shaped by ancient glaciers, Purgatory offers a distinctive combination of challenging tree-lined ski trails and expansive cruisers with breathtaking vistas. With an average annual snowfall of 260 inches, Purgatory is celebrated for its consistent, dry powder, courtesy of frequent storms followed by clear, sunny days—creating an idyllic setting for alpine enthusiasts. Encompassing over 1,600 acres of skiable terrain, 105 trails, 11 lifts, and multiple terrain parks, Purgatory boasts a vertical drop of 2,029 feet. Recognized for its family-friendly atmosphere, Purgatory invites visitors to experience the enchanting winter landscape in numerous ways.

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Where is Purgatory located?

Purgatory Resort is located in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, about 26 miles north of the historic town of Durango. Visitors can access the resort by various means:

By Car: The resort is approximately a 30-minute drive from Durango. Guests traveling by car can use US Highway 550 to reach the resort.

By Air: Durango has its own airport, the La Plata County Airport, offering flights from hubs such as Denver, Albuquerque, and Phoenix. From the airport, visitors can utilize shuttles or rental cars to reach Purgatory Resort.

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