Purgatory Trail

EASY 10 reviews

Purgatory Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Durango, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

5.6 miles 1046 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips


horseback riding





wild flowers




This trail is used for Camping. Heads down on Switchbacks, in to the forest. Opens up in Purgatory Flats area on Cascade Creek. A rest stop for main camp site, then from there you cam hike different trails.

18 days ago

A beautiful hike. It was an amazing way to spend the day. Breath taking views.

2 months ago

Incredible views!!

3 months ago

Gorgeous views .. Easy hike

3 months ago

Beautiful fall mountain views lead you to an aqua oasis and much more on this easy day hike.

4 months ago

Great little trip to the creek. Valley views are excellent.

5 months ago

Gorgeous views of the mountains and a beautiful walk along the Animas river. Recommend having Off as mosquitos were numerous. My phone showed the trail as being 5.9 miles and we did not quite make it to the bridge and picnic tables. Some may find the 1000' climb back out challenging. Worth every minute!!

5 months ago

What an awesome hike! Definitely recommend this to anyone in the Durango area. Gorgeous views, and if you leave early enough you're alone on the trail.

6 months ago

7 months ago

We hiked the first part. Very nice trail. Worked well with my family (5yr, 3yr, 1.5 yr) though the youngest spent most of the time in a pack, but was able to some of the smoother parts. Most of trail going out was a gentle downhill slope (with some steeper switchbacks). We stopped at a beautiful overlook of the flats below and the snowy peaked tops beyond. Then hiked back up to the car.

1 year ago

Ski Area is a Great place to camp. I camped near a ski area road.2004,June