Colorado Resort Adventure Guide


Durango Mountain

General Information: Durango Mountain Resort: 1-800-525-0892.

Durango Mountain Resort is in southwest Colorado is 26 miles north of Durango, served by that town's airport 350 miles from Denver, with flights from several other major cities. It is near many of Colorado's most popular attractions such as the Durango-Silverton train ride, ancient Indian ruins at Mesa Verde National Park, Telluride, the historic mining towns of Silverton and Ouray, gambling at nearby Sky Ute Casino and some of the state's most scenic drives.

Durango is a world-famous tourist destination with many first-class services available. It's a historic mining town with with a colorful history, and many of its charming Victorian buildings have been preserved.

Durango Mountain is not a mega ski resort, but it offers excellent skiing and facilities at reasonable rates. The view from the Legends summit is considered one of the best in Colorado, with several 14,000-foot mountains visible.

The ski area has 75 trails and nearly 750 acres (26% advanced, 51% intermediate, 23% beginner). The highest lift goes to 10,820 feet and the longest run is two miles. Snowboarding and Nordic skiing are available. Cross country at Mesa Verde is unique and popular. Child care and children's lessons are also available.

Luxury lodging includes the nearby Tamarron Resort with 100 rooms plus 270 two-and three-bedroom condos, restaurant, lounge, pool, hot tub, exercise room and on-site cross country skiing. The historic Strater Hotel in Durango has luxurious Victorian rooms, live theater at Christmas, hot tub, restaurant, and an authentic saloon from Colorado's gold-rush days.

Luxury condominiums nearest the ski area include Cascade Village with studios to three-bedroom units, fireplaces, steamroom, hot tubs, sauna, exercise center, restaurant, lounge. Purgatory Village Hotel has condo suites with a pool, hot tub and restaurant. Purgatory Townhouse has studio and two-bedroom units with fireplaces, hot tub.

Excellent restaurants include The Palace and Red Snapper in Durango, and Tamarron Resort between Durango and Durango Mountain Resort. Cafe Cascade at Cascade Village near the ski area is considered by many to be one of Colorado's finest restaurants, with magnificent views of the rugged Needles Wilderness Area.

Night spots that usually have music or dancing include Tamarron near the ski area and Farquahrts and AJ's in Durango.

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