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Hesperus Ski Area
The ski area in summer
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Hesperus Ski Area is located in Colorado
Hesperus Ski Area
Hesperus Ski Area
Location in Colorado
Hesperus Ski Area is located in the United States
Hesperus Ski Area
Hesperus Ski Area
Location in the United States
Location Hesperus
La Plata County, Colorado
Nearest city Durango: 11 mi (18 km)
Coordinates 37°17′52″N 108°03′18″W / 37.29778°N 108.05500°W / 37.29778; -108.05500
Vertical >700 ft (210 m)
Top elevation 8,888 ft (2,709 m)
Base elevation 8,200 ft (2,500 m)
Skiable area 60 acres (0.2 km2)
Runs 26
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg – 30% easiest
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg – 20% more difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg – 50% experts only
Lift system 1 double chair
Snowfall 150 inches (380 cm)
Night skiing yes

The Hesperus Ski Area is located near the town of Hesperus, Colorado, which is in the south west part of the state. It is off of U.S. Highway 160 just west of the town of the same name.


Ski Hesperus has 13 runs, of which 30% are beginner difficulty, 20% are intermediate and 50% are of expert difficulty. The summit elevation is 8,880 feet, the base elevation is 8,200 feet and the vertical drop is 680 feet. It features one rope tow (which has been closed for many years) and one double chair lift. There is also a full service snack bar, ski and snowboard rentals, ski and snowboard lessons and a tubing hill.


Ski Hesperus opened in 1962. It has operated off and on over the years, and has been opened every season since 2006.

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