Winter Wonderland in Durango

Durango Train Winter – Purgatory Reso

Is winter the best time to visit Durango?

It very well might be! Beautiful snowfall blankets the San Juans, bright and sunny days are abundant, and a variety of festive winter activities keep us in the holiday spirit! Here are a few of our favorite things to do in the winter months.


The magic of Christmas comes alive on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Wear your pajamas and stay cozy on your ride up to the North Pole where Santa will join us onboard. Hint: The widest availability of seating options are available in November and December before Christmas, so plan your trip to Durango accordingly! Learn more about THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride here.


Durango’s family-friendly ski resort, Purgatory Resort, offers terrain for all levels of skiiers. Just 25 miles outside of Durango, it’s so easy to fit in a few fun days of skiing along with other Durango activities! And, TripAdvisor has named it the Best Value Ski Resort in North America, making Purgatory an economical option for families. Check out ticket options at


Rip through the snowy backcountry of Durango on a snowmobile! Rent your ride from a local outfitter or hire a guide to take you to the best local trails. Durango boasts over 80 miles of snowmobile trails with elevations of over 12,000 feet. Snowmobile and train package coming soon


What trip is complete without shopping for a few things to bring back home? Skip the malls this year and get your Christmas shopping done right on Main Ave. It’s hard to believe, but Durango has over 500 shops, many of which have unique and locally-made items! View a comprehensive list of Durango shops at the official Durango tourism site.