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As the sunsets during a snowshoe tour, guest are treated to the unbelievable beauty of the San Juan Mountains

Slow down the pace and explore Colorado’s beautiful San Juan Mountains on a snowshoe tour! Visit some of the breathtaking out-of-bounds terrain with an experienced guide. They’ll enhance the tour with their knowledge of wildlife, geology, flora and fauna. We recommend bringing water, snacks, sunscreen waterproof boots, warm layers of clothing, beanie and gloves.


Ticket price includes equipment rental, lift up and down, guided tour and hot cocoa voucher.
Tickets must be purchased in-person at the Guest Services office by the Arrival Court. Credit Card only.
Phone (970) 385-2147
DatesDaily starting December 23, 2023
Conditions permitting
Beginners welcome
Departure Times9:30am & 1:00pm
Meet at the Guest Services area.
Trip Duration2 – 2.5 hours total
Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance

Make it extra special!
Alpenglow Snowshoe + Charcuterie

Take your aprés ski to new heights with a sunset snowshoe tour, appetizers, and wine at the Powderhouse. Meet at Guest Services at 2:45pm and enjoy a scenic chairlift ride up the mountain followed by a scenic snowshoe tour. Make a stop at the Powderhouse for a deliciously crafted snack before snowshoeing back down to the base area via some of our groomed green runs. 

A group enjoys a snowshoe tour at sunset

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How to prepare

It is often colder up on the mountain than at the base area. Temperatures also drop with the sun. Layers and appropriate gear help you regulate your temperature no matter the conditions.

  • Warm layers
  • Waterproof boots
  • Extra water
  • Goggles (in case it’s snowing!)
  • A hat with a brim (in case it’s snowing!)
  • A headlamp or flashlight (we’re often returning to the base after sunset)
Time2:45pm – 7:00pm
Please plan to arrive at the resort by 2:30pm to ensure you can find parking and to allow time to get fitted for snowshoes and be on the lift by 3:00pm.
Snowshoes and poles are provided (You are welcome to bring your own, but there is no discount for using your own gear.) Appetizers and 2 glasses of wine are included.
DatesDec 23, Jan 20, Feb 24 & Mar 23
Trip Duration4 hours
Meeting PlaceGuest Services office by the Arrival Court
  • Group of snowshoers make their way down the mountain as they take in the beauty of Engineer Mountain
  • Young couple on snowshoe tour stops to take in the alluring sunset views
  • Snowshoe tour leads a group to a beautiful overlook of the Needles Mountain Range
  • Snowshoe group being guided into the backcountry to fine an overlook

Snowshoe Rentals

$15/pair for 24 hours – Purgatory Nordic Center

If you’re looking to explore on your own, visit the Purgatory Nordic Center. Snowshoes may not be used in-bounds at the resort except with a guided tour. If you’d like to continue using your rented snowshoes for the duration of the rental period, we recommend checking out Purgatory Flats across the highway from the resort. Molas Lake and Andrews Lake are also great options, just 15 minutes north of Purgatory on highway 550.

Check back this winter!

Couple snowshoes through the high alpine landscape as the Needles Mountain Range shines in the background

These daily scheduled group outings make for a lovely diversion and are a great way to mix it up in the middle of winter! Check back next season and ask about a private tour. Availability varies.

The fine print

  • Trips canceled 48 hours or more in advance will receive a full refund 
  • Trips canceled less than 48 hours prior to scheduled tour will receive a 50% refund or the option to reschedule during the same season for a $50 fee 
  • No service animals are permitted on the lift.
  • No refunds will be given for late arrivals or no shows 
  • Purgatory Snowcat Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip at any time due to weather, safety concerns or mechanical issues. Refunds and the option to reschedule is at the discretion of PSA and on a trip by trip basis
  • Minimum of 5 guests are required for Scenic Trips to operate. 

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