Lift-Served Mountain Biking Opens At Purgatory Resort

Purgatory Express, Lift 1, for lift-served mountain biking opens today, July 22. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort


Purgatory Resort announces the opening of Purgatory Express (Lift 1) for lift-served mountain biking today, July 22.

Purgatory installed 14 new Deason Built MTB carriers for increased capacity and efficiency to safely transport riders and their equipment to Durango’s only lift-served downhill mountain bike flow trail.

Purgatory’s Bike Park features podium-quality terrain for all abilities and serves as the gateway to over 400 miles of high alpine singletrack and backcountry trails in Colorado’s rugged San Juan Mountains.

New this season, Purgatory will host top mountain bikers from across the globe at the Big Mountain Enduro, Aug. 28-29, and the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Championships, Oct. 14-17. Purgatory will also continue with the construction of Shangri-La, a multi-phase beginner mountain bike trail that offers fun and flowy turns, perfect for riders looking to gain confidence or hone their skills.

For summer season passholders, the Purgatory Bike Park Leaderboard challenge tracks the number of days ridden and vertical feet gained. This year, Purgatory is teaming up with SPY Optics to give away a prize package to the rider with the most days and the rider with the most vertical feet, starting today through Oct. 10.

Recent rains and an active monsoon season so far this summer have brought cool temps and prime trail conditions to Purgatory — firm and tacky, but not muddy. Riders should always ride with care by avoiding muddy trails and respecting closures.

Mountain bike uplift tickets are now available for purchase. Shuttling of personal vehicles will not be permitted once the lift opens.

Access the Bike Park Map & Bike Trail Report here.