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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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Photo: Pur­ga­tory Re­sort

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