Summer Season Begins at Purgatory Mountain

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June 16, 2005

Durango, CO - Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort will open for the summer season this Friday, June 17, with daily activities including Alpine Slide, Climbing Wall, Miniature Golf and Summer Chairlift for scenic rides, hiking and mountain biking. The Total Adventure Ticket provides unlimited access to these activities. Half-day and individual activity tickets are also available.

Explore the San Juan Mountains with guided tours provided through the resort and its partners. The San Juan Mountain Association offers free nature hikes during the summer season and llama hikes with picnic lunches into the wilderness. Mountain Bike Adventures runs guided rides and Purgatory Sports can set you up with equipment. Other area activities include backcountry climbing trips for all levels with Animas City Rock and guided fly fishing with Animas Valley Anglers.

To kick off the summer season, Purgatory hosts the 2nd annual Red Bull Divide & Conquer mountain sports relay June 18th. The one-day race pits teams of endurance athletes against the rugged terrain of the San Juan Mountains in trail running, paragliding, kayaking and mountain biking. Purgatory Village is the best place to take in the action and watch the world-class athletes cross the finish line. Last year's competition included local endurance athletes, with Durangoan Ned Overend's team coming in a close fourth place.

Upcoming summer festivals and concerts include Red, White and Grooves July 3, the KSUT benefit concert featuring the Iguanas July 9, and the 19th annual Music in the Mountains Classical Concert Series July 17 * August 7, with chamber music and conservatory performances, plus the fan-favorite Pop's Night. Other summer highlights include the Purgatory Cross Country Mountain Bike Race, the Durango MTB 100 and the San Juan Brewfest over Labor Day Weekend.

Kids Summer Adventure Camp is now in session with activities for children ages 6-13 including hiking, climbing wall, ropes course and more. The camp runs weekdays through August 12. Individual camp sessions are $35 with weekly, half-session and full-session rates available. Call 385-2149 for information and registration.

For more information about summer events and activities, as well as special summer vacation packages at Durango Mountain Resort visit www.durangomountainresort.com