Purgatory Resort Reopens With Mountain Biking, Alpine Slide And More In Time For July 4th Holiday Week

Purgatory’s classic alpine slide opens today. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort


DURANGO, Colo. –  Purgatory Resort reopens today for summer adventures, and is now open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

“Our Purgatory team is so excited to be back to work, and they can’t wait to reopen the resort’s activities,” Purgatory GM Elizabeth Howe said. “Everyone at Purgatory is looking forward to celebrating our community over the July 4th holiday week, and we can’t wait to see our friends, neighbors, and visitors at the resort.”

Purgatory Resort was forced to close shortly after the 416 Wildfire was first reported June 1.

The resort’s family-favorite activities are now open, including Purgatory’s classic alpine slide, zipline, bungee trampoline, scenic chairlift ride, climbing wall, ropes course, bounce house, other activities in the Village Plaza, and the new Kids Off-Road Track, located in the Columbine parking lot. Free guided nature hikes by the San Juan Mountains Association begin July 3 and will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday into August.

Across from the resort, cool off while paddling around Twilight Lake on a canoe, paddle board, and more. Experience incredible scenery via horseback riding, or for those under 6, enjoy the pony wheel with Buck’s Livery.

Restaurants at the resort are open, including the Bear Bar & Grille, Paradise Pizza, and Village Market & Deli. Purgatory Sports, Alpine Chic, Purgatory Cycle Works Bike Shop, and the Burton Store are open. The Purgatory Adventure Camp for Kids will start July 9. For a complete list of what to expect for the week starting July 2, visit Purgatory’s mountain blog on its website.

Lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking trails are available via Lift 1. Guests should note that only trails on the front side within the Purgatory Resort ski area boundary are open, including World’s Championship, 7th Heaven, Diggler, Divinity, Base Camp Loop, and Silverpick trails. Trails beyond Purgatory’s boundary, including Hermosa Creek, Big Lick Loop, Elbert Creek Trail, Little Elk Trail, Pinkerton/Dutch Creek Trail, and Purgatory’s backside mountain bike trails are closed due to the 416 Wildfire.

Purgatory will require that anyone who wishes to use the trails, whether for sightseeing or mountain biking, receive a safety briefing in the Ticket Office and will be required to wear a wristband.

“Purgatory’s top priority is the safety of our guests and employees, and we want everyone to stay safe while enjoying all that the resort has to offer,” Howe said. “We continue to work closely with the US Forest Service, the 416 Fire officials, and local officials since the wildfire remains active to the south of the resort. Please know that our operating plans could change should we determine that is necessary.”

Purgatory’s operations may be suspended at any time if conditions change due to the 416 Fire.

“With the change in weather conditions, the northern fire spread has also slowed its advance to the north, reducing the probability of impacting Purgatory Resort and associated recreational activities,” said Operations Section Chief Alex Robertson from the Portland NIMO team, which is managing the 416 Fire. 

Firefighter presence will continue to increase at Purgatory Resort over the next few days as fire managers take advantage of the improving fire weather pattern. Guests can expect to see fire crews and fire equipment working near Purgatory Resort as they improve and enhance existing fireline near the resort.

“Purgatory is very appreciative to the first responders, firefighters, and everyone involved with the 416 Fire for all their efforts in battling the wildfire,” Howe said. “We are grateful for everything they are doing to keep our community safe.”

The San Juan National Forest is under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, which prohibit smoking outside, fireworks, campfires and charcoal grills, and more. La Plata County has issued Stage 3 Fire Restrictions.

Drones are prohibited at Purgatory Resort, in the area and anywhere near wildfires. It is illegal and can be deadly if flown near wildfires. Drones interfere with wildland fire air traffic, such as air tankers, helicopters and other firefighting aircraft necessary to suppress wildland fires.

Events at Purgatory Resort

Purgatory Resort is hosting Carve Wars Festival presented by Alpine Bank, July 6-7. Carve Wars is a free family-friendly event where renowned chainsaw artists compete for prizes and awards while performing live shows and creating wooden masterpieces. 

Artwork of various sizes will be on display and available for purchase. For more information, visit the PurgatoryResort.com website.

Other events at Purgatory include Music in the Mountains at Purgatory Resort July 11-30, Muck & Mire Mud Adventure Race Aug. 5, Mushroom Festival Aug. 18-19. For a complete listing, visit PurgatoryResort.com.

For more information, log on to www.PurgatoryResort.com.

About Purgatory Resort

Purgatory Resort is recognized as a top, family-friendly, year-round resort. Purgatory provides summertime outdoor fun and adventure, with an exciting zipline, alpine slide, ropes course, scenic chairlift rides, hiking and mountain bike trails, bungee trampolines, miniature golf, disc golf, UTVs, paddle boarding and more. Coming summer 2018 is the Inferno Mountain Coaster, which will be open year-round. Snow enthusiasts enjoy the winter wonderland with 99 trails, six terrain parks, 1,605 skiable acres, and 12 chairlifts. Other winteractivities include dog sledding, tubing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowbiking, backcountry skiing, snowmobiling and more. For more information or to book a vacation, call 970.247.9000, visit www.purgatoryresort.com, or follow @skiPurg on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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