Winter brings plenty of skiers and snowboarders to Purgatory Mountain where great runs are enhanced with some pretty amazing scenery. There is also the quaint Hesperus Ski Area west of town which offers wallet-friendly prices and night-time skiing. From learners to the pros, ice climbers have plenty of options around Durango and Silverton, while those looking for less adrenaline inducing activities there are plenty of options for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing. There are great trails for fat-tire biking and the recently-opened Mountain Coaster at Purgatory Resort is sure to please.
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As the snow melts and waterways fill up, skis and snowboards are sidelined in favor of kayaks and SUP boards. Menus change to reflect the season, too, as does the output from the breweries and bars. The cycling community dusts off their bikes and clip-in to enjoy some of the most scenic roadways in the country. In fact, the town prides itself on offering over 2,000 miles of bike trails and hundreds of miles for road cycling. Spring is also a great time to explore the area on two feet before the weather really heats up. The Animas River trail, which winds its way through the town following the famed river, is a great start.
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The newly-opened Lake Nighthorse is only a short drive from downtown and is a nice respite from the hot, dry summers. Further afield is Vallecito Lake. Kayaking, tubing and rafting down the Animas River are always firm favorites (there are plenty of outfitters to take care of your gear needs right in town). Up for hiking? Just a few miles from town is the start of the 486-mile Colorado Trail or closer to town there is Hogsback Ridge and the Smelter Mountain Trail which offers stunning views of town. Purgatory Mountain also offers a whole host of summertime activities and events including the annual Muck and Mire race.
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