Outdoor Recreation

Explore Utah’s Canyons
Mar29

Explore Utah’s Canyons

If you’re tired of the snow and ready for some outdoor activities, it’s the time of the year many from Durango adventure in the canyons of Utah. From Moab to Blanding, Bluff to Monument Valley, there’s much within a few hours’ drive from Durango to explore. This is the time of the year with beautiful days, perfect temperatures and oftentimes water flowing in the canyons. One of the unique and fun places to explore is Grand Gulch. It’s...

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Pond Skimming
Mar22

Pond Skimming

Date: April 7, 2019 Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm Location: The Ski Beach – Purgatory Resort Get your skis shined up, grab a stick of Juicy Fruit, and show us your moves as you skim across the pond.  Is the water cold?  Nah. Sign-ups: Space is limited.  The first 75 people to sign up are in. Sign up at the Boardroom (formerly known as the Burton store) in the plaza on the day of the event starting at 10am. $5 entry fee. Must be at...

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Forest Service Access Road to Village at Wolf Creek
Mar15

Forest Service Access Road to Village at Wolf Creek

The U.S. Forest Service has approved an road easement to the Village at Wolf Creek based on an EIS that was set aside by a district court two years ago.

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Female osprey has returned to the nest – Lake Capote
Mar13

Female osprey has returned to the nest – Lake Capote

Female osprey has returned to the nest, 3/11/2019. Lake Capote is still mostly frozen and she has a lot of nest building to do. The male will arrive next. The Lake Capote osprey nest For the past eleven years, a pair of ospreys has made its seasonal home at the Southern Ute Tribe’s Lake Capote, and given visitors spectacular displays of nesting, fishing, and fledgling young. Beginning in 2017, viewers should get a much more close-up...

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McDonald’s Cardboard Derby @ Purgatory
Mar08

McDonald’s Cardboard Derby @ Purgatory

The McDonald’s Cardboard Derby at Purgatory Resort is a classic winter competition you won’t want to miss! Build your derby racer out of cardboard and duct tape only, and pilot it down the slopes during one of the most fun days on the mountain! Watch as teams compete in vessels made entirely out of cardboard and duct tape. Or, sign up yourself and participate in the fun. All it takes is some creativity, engineering skills, and...

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How many town’s Parks & Recreation have their own ski resort?
Mar08

How many town’s Parks & Recreation have their own ski resort?

Our little mountain town is so lucky to have a ski area right in the heart of our community. CHAPMAN HILL SKI AREA IN DURANGO TO EXTEND SEASON   Due to the amazing support from the community and great snow conditions, Chapman Hill plans to extend the ski season through March 24 with amended times and prices. With the plentiful natural snow and the thick layer of man-made snow, Chapman Hill Ski Area will be able to extend the ski...

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Spring Driving Safety Tips in Durango
Mar05

Spring Driving Safety Tips in Durango

Spring Driving Safety Tips in Durango Spring in southwestern Colorado brings warmer temperatures, but also more precipitation and water as snow melts. Although winter is best known for its treacherous driving conditions with snow, ice, and slush on the road, maneuvering your car in spring can equally become demanding. There are many possible road challenges and conditions such as unexpected weather changes and increased traffic that...

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Teacher Appreciation Day, presented by Vectra Bank
Mar01

Teacher Appreciation Day, presented by Vectra Bank

Date: March 3, 2019 Purgatory Resort Teachers — today is your day!  Join us on the mountain so we can honor you for your commitment to our children. All School Employees Are Invited! Teacher Appreciation Day is not just for teachers.  Anyone who works for a school in La Plata County is invited.  So if you are a cafeteria worker, bus driver, custodian, counselor, principal, or administrator, you are invited too!  Just bring a school ID...

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Uncle Clyde’s Run & Slide
Feb23

Uncle Clyde’s Run & Slide

Date: March 2, 2019 Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm Location: Purgatory – The tubing hill (Columbine area) Get ready for the whackiest race ever in Durango!  It’s on the tubing hill.  Run up… tube down.  Repeat! Most laps wins! Oh, and it’s a relay race! Register Here! Competition Categories: Team up with your best buddy for this tag-team style race.  We will have male, female, and coed divisions for adult teams, as well as race...

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Pagosa Winter Wonderland – Vacation Rentals
Feb23

Pagosa Winter Wonderland – Vacation Rentals

IT’S A WINTER WONDERLAND IN FEBRUARY CALL TEAM PAGOSA TODAY (970) 731-8599 AND GET 15% OFF OF ANY BOOKING. WOLF CREEK SKI RESORT HAS AMAZING POWDER. COME PLAY IN THE SNOW AND COZY UP WITH HOT COCOA IN A BEAUTIFUL VACATION RENTAL. Post courtesy of Pagosa Springs Realty Blog.  Read more here or search Pagosa real estate.

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Amazing Local Skiing
Feb23

Amazing Local Skiing

With recent snow and more forecast this week, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of local skiing. This weekend a couple unique events are available at Purgatory. On Saturday, February 23, there’s a Snowcat Dining Excursion. Riders will leave Purgy’s and ride in the Snowcat up to the Powderhouse Restaurant. There will then be a unique meal at the restaurant, then the ride back in the Snowcat. The views at this time of year are...

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Super snow moon 2019: How to watch this year’s brightest supermoon
Feb20

Super snow moon 2019: How to watch this year’s brightest supermoon

Where and when to look for the best view as the moon comes a little closer on Tuesday and is at its brightest for all of 2019. Another supermoon is set to grace the celestial stage Tuesday. And while it will be blocked out for many in North America by a sprawling coast-to-coast system of storms, those who catch it will glimpse our natural satellite at its largest and brightest all year. We get a supermoon when the moon is full or...

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Skijoring Takes Over Silverton This Weekend
Feb14

Skijoring Takes Over Silverton This Weekend

This weekend, February 16 and 17, take a day trip to Silverton for one of the most fascinating events around—Skijoring! This unique sport combines horse, human, and ski. It’s like waterskiing, but behind a horse and on snow. Its origin was to provide a way of winter transportation, but it’s now a competitive sport. Riders guide the horse and pull a skier as they traverse jumps, gates, and obstacles on Silverton’s Blair Street. There...

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Ice Fishing Tournament – Saturday, February 9th
Feb08

Ice Fishing Tournament – Saturday, February 9th

VCSA Ice Fishing Tournament Are you a master of ice fishing? Be sure to clear your calendar for Saturday and head over to Vallecito Lake for the Vallecito Conservation Sporting Association(VCSA) Ice Fishing Tournament! Register between 9am and 11am at the north end of the lake and get ready to fish! There is a $35 entree fee and kids 15 and under can fish for free with a paying adult! With prizes starting at $750 and snow in the...

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Wolf Creek Snow Report
Feb08

Wolf Creek Snow Report

Wolf Creek received 2 more inches of snow yesterday before the sun broke out making way for today’s Blue Bird Day ! The latest storm dropped a total of 39 inches bringing our year-to-date snowfall total to 242 inches ! The midway stake reads 90 inches of settled powder. ****Snow report for Friday, February 8, 2019***** Summit Base Depth: 100″ Midway Base Depth: 90″ New Snow (24 Hours): 2″ New Snow (48 Hours):...

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DFRA Demonstrates How to Conduct a Cold-Water Rescue
Jan11

DFRA Demonstrates How to Conduct a Cold-Water Rescue

It takes special equipment to rescue someoine who’s fallen into freezing water.

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Alpenglow Evening Snowshoe Tours
Dec14

Alpenglow Evening Snowshoe Tours

Date: December 22, 2018 Time: 3:30pm – 7:30pm Location: Purgatory Resort – Meet at Guest Services Alpenglow Tours Explore Colorado’s beautiful San Juan Mountains. Guides enhance the tour with their knowledge of wildlife, geology, flora and fauna. Snowshoe while watching the beautiful sunset and the awe-inspiring Alpenglow on the Needles Mountain Range. A truly one of a kind experience. Alpenglow Snowshoe Tours include...

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SKA Durango Double
Oct04

SKA Durango Double

Ska Durango Double:  Sat. October 13, 2018 The Ska Durango Double is a trail running and mountain biking event held annually in Durango, Colorado. This year the Durango Double will take place on October 13, 2018. This non-profit event benefits the Women’s Resource Center, an organization advocating for personal empowerment and economic self-sufficiency of women and girls in Durango. Other beneficiaries include Trails 2000 and Durango...

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Ski/Snowboard Pre-Season Sales Events
Sep13

Ski/Snowboard Pre-Season Sales Events

Customize Your Ski Season Purgatory Resort’s multi-day, multi-resort cards are back. Get discounted lift tickets at Purgatory Resort, Hesperus Ski Area, Arizona Snowbowl, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort. Visit Purgatoryresort.com to check the Pre-Season Sales Events calendar for Colorado / New Mexico / Arizona / Texas / Nevada & Utah!!

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To grow bigger antlers, these elk risk life and limb
Sep04

To grow bigger antlers, these elk risk life and limb

For female elk, there’s nothing sexier than two 250-kilogram male suitors tussling for her favor, their 1.2-meter-tall antlers locked in a battle of strength and determination. But growing such powerful racks is risky, according to a new study, because males must shed their previous headgear early in the season to do so—putting them at risk of being killed by wolves. Elk regrow their racks every year, and the longer they have to do...

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