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Durango in Colorado is a city just south of the San Juan Mountains and therefore a popular destination for outdoor activities all year long. You can go hiking, white water rafting, or mountain biking, for example. Purgatory is a family-oriented ski resort a couple miles from the city of Durango. It is a perfect family destination during winter, as you can go skiing and dog sledding, or take sleigh rides in a horse-drawn sleigh.

Where to stay in Durango-Purgatory, Colorado

Purgatory Resort is a ski resort in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado. Purgatory offers over 90 trails, 11 chairlifts, and several terrain parks. Take the whole family to Purgatory for winter and enjoy activities, such as dog sledding, tubing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiling, and even ice climbing. There are several hotels in and near Purgatory Resort, so you can be sure to miss nothing during your stay at Purgatory.

Purgatory is located about 26 miles from the city of Durango. Durango is a great destination for a change of pace. Why not go shopping or visit one of the museums instead of sliding down those snowy hills around Purgatory? Durango is also perfect outside of winter. The nearby mountains and Colorado River make Durango great for the outdoorsy types.

Do you want to stay in Durango? There are a number of hotels and locations that come highly recommended. For one, a stay in a hotel near Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is highly recommended. This historic railway has been around since 1882, taking travelers through the San Juan National Forest. Then, take a round trip excursion and learn more in the Durango Silverton Train Museum. The railroad is located just south of Downtown Durango, where many restaurants, coffee shops, and bars are firmly established. The railroad lies next to the highway, making it easy to reach the mountains, forests, and Purgatory Resort.

Speaking about Downtown Durango, this may be the most optimal choice for a hotel if you are planning to rather spend a lot of time in the city instead of as in the mountains. Downtown Durango stretches only along a couple blocks, but it houses many restaurants and bars, and even breweries and wineries. Maine Avenue cuts right through Downtown Durango. This is where many boutiques, restaurants, shops, bars, and other businesses are situated. One of the sights in the area is the Henry Strater Theater. It is one of the oldest continually running theaters in the state and country, hosting comedy shows, concerts, and more. You can get more information and tips about Durango at the Durango Area Tourism Office. Take a look at hotels near the Powerhouse Science Center (formerly Durango Discovery Museum) to stay close to Main Avenue.

On the north side of Durango, you will find the Animas Museum. It offers a variety of exhibits for the whole family in an old school house, showing the area's history. The museum is located near the highway and Animas River. If you are wanting to see a bit more of the area while visiting sights, ride out to the Piedra River Hot Springs, located in the Colorado Wilderness. It can be reached after a short hike. The best time to visit is late July through early October. In case you want to put your luck to the test, pay a visit to the Sky Ute Casino, southwest of Durango.

3, 4, and 5 star hotels in Durango-Purgatory, Colorado

There is a large number of 3 star hotels in Durango-Purgatory. Most of these hotels will have an on-site restaurant or buffet as well as free WiFi. These 3 star hotels are perfect if you are looking simply for a place to sleep and rest and are not planning on spending your days inside too much.

For a more luxurious getaway, why not book one of the 4 star hotels or 5 star hotels near Durango-Purgatory? On top of those three-star facilities, these hotels may offer a higher quality of services, room service, and internet or WiFi in the rooms.

Hotels near Durango-La Plata County Airport, Montezuma County Airport, and Telluride Regional Airport

Durango-Purgatory is serviced by several regional airports. The closest one is Durango-La Plata County Airport. It may a little too far to drive to early in the morning or late at night though, so maybe it is interesting to take a look at hotels near Durango-La Plata County Airport.

A little farther away are both Montezuma County Airport and Telluride Regional Airport. Since these are a bit farther out from Durango-Purgatory, we highly recommend booking a hotel near the airport. This is particularly practical should you have less fortunate flight times, like early morning departure or late night arrival.