25 Miles

Durango to Purgatory

Finish Line Festival

By Purgatory Resort

Non Competitive

Non Timed

2300' Elevation Gain

Minimal Oxygen!


Riders in the Quarter Horse to Purgatory will tour the 25 scenic miles from Durango to Purgatory Resort. After riding through the gorgeous Animas River Valley, you’ll tackle more than 2300 feet of vertical climb to finish among food, fun, and festivities in the Village Plaza.

This point-to-point tour is great for beginning riders or families who want to participate in all the exuberance of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic by completing a quarter-century at 8800’.


Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 8:15 a.m.


College Drive and Camino Del Rio in Durango, CO

Registration Information:

Registration fee is $55.

$10 of your entry fee is donated to numerous community organizations, including the Mercy Health Foundation.

For participants who register before March 31, 2019, bib numbers will be mailed to you the first week of May with the exception of zip codes 81301/81302/81303/81122/81137/81326. Riders from those zip codes and riders registering after March 31, 2019 will collect bib numbers at final packet pickup on Friday, May 24, from 3-7 p.m. at Buckley Park (Main Avenue and 12th Street in Durango).

Important Information:

Purgatory Resort is throwing a celebratory bash for all Quarter Horse riders. Families, friends, and guests are invited too! Food and entertainment will be available, so be sure to stash some cash or a credit card in your jersey before setting out for the ride.

A bike check will be staffed during the festivities, so you can secure your bike, change your clothes, and enjoy the party.

Return Transportation:

Purgatory Resort is offering transportation according to the schedule below. Shuttle tickets are $20 from Purgatory to Durango or from Silverton to Purgatory. Please make your shuttle reservations by Friday, May 24th by calling Purgatory Resort Dispatch at (970) 426-7282.

6:00 AM          Purgatory to Durango Transit Center, arriving 6:45 AM
Note: The shuttle must depart promptly in order to allow the van sufficient time to return to Purgatory before the Highway 550 closure.

12:30 PM         Purgatory to Durango Transit Center, arriving 1:15 PM
1:00 PM           Silverton to Purgatory, arriving 2:00PM (Purgatory Resort Lodging Guests Only)
2:15 PM           Purgatory to Durango Transit Center, arriving 3:00 PM

Baggage Service:
Purgatory will have a truck at Buckley Park (Main Avenue and 12th Street in Durango) on Friday from 3-7 p.m. for riders to drop off bags that they wish to have transported up to Purgatory Resort. The bags will be secured overnight and will be available on race morning at the Quarter Horse finish line.