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History

In an area long settled by Native Americans, nearby Mesa Verde National Park is an incredible monument to the Ute, Anasazi and other Peoples who once called this area home. An archeological treasure, Mesa Verde features ancient dwellings once inhabited by the areas Native Population and was named by National Geographic Traveler as one of The Best Places of a Lifetime to Visit.

Also explored by countless adventurers of old, Purgatory Mountain came into its modern day name in 1776 when several Spanish explorers traveling on the nearby Animas River. Some of their party were lost, and their bodies were never found. The other travelers believed the souls of the lost men would be relegated to Purgatory, and from this legend was born the designation, Purgatory Mountain. Following this legendary expedition, the river was named “El Rio de las Animan Perdidas” or the River of Lost Souls (now the Animas River). The ski area originally opened as Purgatory Resort in 1965, and we now operate as the year-round Durango Mountain Resort.

At its heart, the actual town of Durango is a railroad town with its history being derived from the famed Narrow Gauge Railroad era. Founded in 1880, Durango arose when the Denver & Rio Grande built a narrow gauge track to Silverton, thereby establishing Durango as a hub for smelting ore harvested from mines in the region’s mountains. Visitors can still experience the historic thrill and beautiful scenery of this narrow gauge track aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which has been in continuous operation for 125 years. Durango boasts the 12,000 square foot museum featuring the working portion of the Roundhouse and mint condition engines and railroad cars and bountiful railroad memorabilia.

News

Experience Colorful Colorado
this Fall!

Take a Color Tour,  Sept. 26-28!

ATV Color Ride at Durango Mountain Resort

Enjoy the great outdoors around Durango Mountain Resort while viewing Mother Nature's fall masterpiece of vibrant hues of gold, red, and orange. It's the perfect time to get to Durango Mountain Resort and enjoy the colors and the fresh autumn air, while riding your ATV!

DMR has teamed up with our friends at the Durango Fun Center on September 26-28 for a special ATV Color Ride fun package.

Get your FREE Color Tour Map with suggestions on the best places for viewing the fall colors and ride your own ATV or rent one at the resort from Altitude ATV Rentals!

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Experience Colorful Colorado and Save 25% on Lodging!

Durango Mountain Resort is located along the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, an “All American Road,” which provides breathtaking panoramas to capture incredible photographs.  Hike the trails or ride your ATV along the roads at Durango Mountain Resort for incredible views. No matter how you choose to enjoy the scenery, you’ll fall in love with Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.  

Stay at Durango Mountain Resort and save 25% on lodging.  Relax by the hot tub, get pampered at the day spa, and take in the incredible scenery.    Book online or call 800-525-0892.