Purgatory Trail 511 San Juan National Forest

Durango, Colorado 81301

Purgatory Trail 511 San Juan National Forest

Purgatory Trail #511: San Juan National Forest Professional Review and Guide

"This 3.8-mile out-and-back trail takes hikers through beautiful aspen groves down to an area known as Purgatory Flats. Once at the Flats, hikers can enjoy time along Cascade Creek or extend their hike on the Animas River Trail. This area is also a popular place for bird-watching and offers a great fall foliage hike through the aspens.

The Purgatory Trail is a great day-trip trail that winds down through a beautiful aspen forest and then pops out alongside Cascade Creek. The area down in the valley is a popular place for overnight camping or makes a great rest stop for hikers out on a longer journey. The trail begins directly across from the entrance to the Durango Mountain Resort, a beautiful place to spend the night if you are staying in the area."

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Trail Information

Durango
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
San Juan National Forest, 15 Burnett Ct., Durango, CO 81301; (970) 2474874; www.fs.usda.gov/main/sanjuan/home
Local Contacts
USGS: Engineer Mountain, CO; National Geographic Trails Illustrated: #140 and #144
Local Maps

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Jul 2018