There’s so much beauty to discover in Durango, Colorado. From the hiking trails best experienced in the warm summer months to the gorgeous peaks and valleys draped with a thick blanket of snow in the winter, you’ll have plenty to explore. One of the most popular winter activities in the area is cross-country skiing. Visit the local resorts and parks during your stay to experience get a taste of the best cross-country skiing in Colorado!
After you’ve spent the day on the slopes enjoying the best cross-country skiing in Colorado, warm up with a delicious meal! Check out our activities and attractions guide to find out our favorite restaurants in the area. You’ll find everything from quaint cafes to high-end eateries listed in our Vacation Guide. We’ve also listed our favorite stores, museums, and historic sites in the area. You’ll have your cross-country ski trip to Colorado planned before you know it!

The Best Cross-Country Skiing in Colorado

Purgatory Resort

Purgatory Resort is one of the most popular Colorado cross-country ski resorts in the area and for good reason! There are plenty of scenic forest trails perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Will this be your first time skiing? Not to worry! Purgatory Resort has plenty of equipment available for rent. You can also book a lesson from their skilled staff members. You’ll be a pro before you know it!

Mesa Verde National Park

You are bound to love cross-country skiing in the Mesa Verde National Park. An attraction well-known for its ancient dwellings and other historical artifacts, this park is also one of the best places to have an adventure after the first snowfall of the season in Colorado. Not only will you be able to travel numerous trails, but you’ll also be able to spot many different types of wildlife. Be sure to check the winter trail conditions report before you visit!

San Juan National Forest

If free cross-country skiing in Colorado is what you’re looking for, head to the San Juan National Forest. This beautiful place offers a wide variety of trails for you to explore on your skis and admission is free of charge. This park covers almost 2 million acres of land, so you’ll find plenty of space to wander and enjoy the peaceful environment.

Stay with Durango Colorado Vacations

There are plenty of things to take in consideration when you start planning your trip for cross-country skiing in Colorado. You want to make sure you’ve packed the right clothes, equipment, and are staying in a beautiful rental home near all the best attractions in Durango. While Durango Colorado Vacations might not be able to help you pack but we sure can provide you with a wide selection of gorgeous rental properties scattered across the Durango area!
Consider renting Double J Cabin. This private paradise is located close to town in a stunning lake community. The cabin features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with a wood-burning stove in the fireplace and a small library with books related to the area. Best of all, Double J Cabin allows up to two pets so no one need be left at home!
Check out the rest of our rentals and book today! We look forward to having you. See our Durango cabins with hot tubs here!