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Family hikes through fields of wildflowers at Purgatory Resort

The area surrounding Purgatory offers an endless variety of beautiful hiking trails for you to discover. Additionally, our World Cup XC trail is open to hiking and trail running. This multi-use, bi-directional trail departs the Base Area. Once out of the Base Area, guests are welcome to hike or run on any of the ski trails, but please note that for your safety and the safety of our riders, hiking and running are not permitted on any other mountain biking trail at any time.

  • Group of runners take to the trail during peak fall colors
  • Looking at the sunsets on the San Juan Mountains from Purgatory Resort
  • Family takes in the views while hiking through wildflowers
  • Trail runner runs underneath Purgatory Express lift during fall
  • Wildflowers are bloom after heavy rains at Purgatory Resort
  • Runner takes to the trails with Engineer Mountain looming in the background

Want to run up a mountain?

The autumn sun shines on a man running the Mountain Marmot
Female hiker looking oever beautiful Island Lake in San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado

The Mountain Marmot is an epic trail race. The course is simple—start at the bottom of the mountain…run to the top and back. Sounds hard? It’s definitely a challenge. But think how great you will feel when you make it to the top!

Weather in the mountains

  • In high altitudes, it’s easier to catch a sunburn and to become dehydrated more quickly than you’re used to. Apply sunscreen liberally 30 minutes prior to partaking in summer activities, and reapply every two hours. Make sure to drink at least one 8-ounce bottle of water per hour. Also, bring along bars and snacks to replenish your energy throughout the day. Food, drinks and portable snacks are also available in the Village Market & Deli.
  • Weather can change quickly and unexpectedly in the mountains. It is common for afternoon thunderstorms to build in July and August, and it is advisable to start your adventures early during these months and to carry extra layers for warmth and rain.

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