Purgatory Ski Area opened back in 1965, providing the town of Durango with a new ski area. The name Purgatory stems from the Spanish Escalante Expedition during the 1700’s.
Durango, home of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNGRR) is located in the Animas River Valley and is surrounded by the San Juan Mountains in La Plata County, Colorado. The town was organized in September 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad to serve the San Juan mining district. Durango is located at an elevation of 1988 meters (6523 feet). The city is named after Durango, Mexico. The word Durango originates from the Basque word “Urango” meaning “water town”.