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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.


First National Bank of Durango -

3rd Annual Muck & Mire Mud Adventure Race

First National Bank of Durango - 3rd Annual Muck & Mire Mud Adventure Race

Register for the Muck and Mire!

First National Bank of Durango

Early packet pickup is available from on Friday, August 8 from 12- 6pm at our Bodo Office located at 327 S. Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301. Day of packet registration will begin at 7:30am in the Festival Tent at Durango Mountain Resort. Day-of registration and packet pick-up ends 30 minutes prior to each event.

Benefits "Food for La Plata Kids" which will benefit organizations in Durango, Bayfield, and Ignacio that provide food for hungry children including:

  • Manna Soup Kitchen "Kids Backpack" Program
  • Bayfield Snack Pack Program
  • Ignacio Snack Program
Save on Lodging!

Save on lodging at Durango Mountain Resort for the weekend!  Click here for the Muck & Mire lodging deals!

Child Care Available for August 9!

Child care is available during the First National Bank of Durango Muck and Mire Mud Adventure Race 8am to noon, Saturday, August 9, 2014.  Activities will be planned for ages six months through six years. Our childcare services are based out of the Snow Monster’s Den, located on the second level of Purgatory Village Center. We’ll provide snacks & fun activities inside and out, depending on the weather. $20 per child. Reservations are required. eMail: purgkids@durangomountain.com or call 970-385-2144 for reservations & more information.