Ski in San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado

The San Juan Mountains are an elevated and rocky mountain range in the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Colorado, and arethe major mountain range in Colorado by area. Some mountaneers say that the San Juan has the most diverse scenery of all. Spanning the continental divide, it has many uneven volcanic summits, 13 of which rise to over 14,000 feet, many lakes, waterfalls, and streams, including the source of the Rio Grande.

Several famous towns and innumerable relics from the gold and silver mining age of the nineteenth century are also there: the latter reflects the widespread mineralization of the range, which is obvious from the vibrant colors of many of the rocks.



Tourism is now a key part of the local financial system, with the narrow gauge railway between Durango and Silverton being a draw in the summer. Jeeping is well-liked on the old trails which connected the significant mining camps, including the Black Bear Road. Visiting old ghost towns is a popular activity as well, as is backwoods trekking, hill climbing, and skiing.

Rio Grande Railway Bridges

The Rio Grande rises on the east side. The other side of the San Juans, the western slope of the continental divide, is exhausted by a tributary of the San Miguel, Dolores, and Gunnison rivers, which all stream into the Colorado River.

The San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests cover up a large section of the San Juan Mountains.
With more than 45,000 acres of land, San Juan is the major snowcat skiing and snowboarding business in the United States. From rolling glades to wide open bowls, cliffs, chutes, gullies, and trees blanketed in plentiful snowfall, San Juan offers an outstanding backcountry experience to skiers through daily guided backcountry tour departing from Durango Mountain Resort.

For example, Purgatory is a ski area, located at the north of Durango, near the Tamarron Resort. There is also skiing on Wolf Creek Pass at the Wolf Creek ski area. Recently Silverton Mountain ski region has begun business near Silverton.

Prepared with three passenger cars and two Mattracks vans, we have a comfortable, reliable means of the way into the best snowcat skiing in Colorado in an excellent terrain. For reasonably priced snowcat skiing and boarding, San Juan is one’s ticket to open bowl skiing, tree skiing, and backcountry.


Located at the north of significant downtown Durango, Colorado, in the ruggedly immaculate San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, San Juan is a short drive from Durango, Silverton, or Telluride. Our beautiful snowcat backcountry territory is a way into a triangle of land between Telluride, Silverton, and Durango, including Cascade Creek, Hotel Draw, Grayrock, and Graysill.

Everybody likes to have enjoyment, but security for skiers is a priority. Snowboard guides are professionally certified  and have all the neccessary first-aid and avalanche safety training.

For a right Colorado ski vacation, one should definitely visit Southwest Colorado. The five Southwest ski areas, such as Crested Butte, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, Silverton, Telluride, and Wolf Creek, offer a choice for the whole family from beginners to advanced skiers. The Best of the Southwest features incredible scenery, fewer crowds, abundant powder, and genuine mountain town experiences.

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