Visit Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and witness the history of Southwest Colorado firsthand.
Only 58 miles away, you have the opportunity to visit Mesa Verde National Park. It's known for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, notably the huge Cliff Palace. The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum has exhibits on the ancient Native American culture. Mesa Top Loop Road winds past archaeological sites and overlooks, including Sun Point Overlook with panoramic canyon views. Petroglyph Point Trail has several rock carvings.
Experience travel by train and get a viewpoint like you've never had before.
Take the 45 mile train ride to Silverton, an old mining town located at 9,300 feet above sea level. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad provides year-round train service (only travels to Silverton in the spring/summer), operating a historical train with rolling stock indigenous to the line. The locomotives used to pull today’s train remain 100% coal-fired, steam-operated. The locomotives are 1923-25 vintage and are maintained in original condition. The coaches each feature bathroom facilities and are heated during the winter months for passenger comfort. Open gondola cars provide a panoramic view of the mountains. Concessions are available on every train. The Durango & Silverton is owned and operated by American Heritage Railways.
Book a tour with any of the many tour companies that will take you for a ride down the Animas River. Have a great day of adventure, fun in the sun, wet and wild excitement as you raft down the river. Finish your day off with a lunch or dinner in Durango before the easy drive back to the stables.
Not just a ski resort, Purgatory offers great summer attractions as well!
With a dozen activities to do at or around the resort, Purgatory offers something for everyone in the family. Race down the mountain on the Alpine Slide, mountain bike, bounce on the bungee trampoline or tackle the ropes course. Visiting in the winter? Go have a day of fun on the slopes!