Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Festival Tent and how far is it from Durango, CO?
Music in the Mountains festival tent is located at Purgatory, about 30 miles north of downtown Durango on US Hwy 550. The tent is at the base of the ski area, elevation 8,793 ft. / 2,680 m. Allow extra time for driving up to the ski area, enjoying the scenery, parking, walking to the tent, and being ushered to your seat.

Where do I park?
As you enter Purgatory, follow the drive until you see large Music in the Mountains signs directing you to the parking areas. There are several parking areas near the plaza of the resort village. Drivers may drop-off passengers at the plaza area and park in designated areas. For those needing assistance walking to the tent, a golf cart continuously picks up and drops off patrons at the tent. We have special needs valet parking available at the drop-off area. Several volunteers will be available at the parking areas to assist, direct, and answer parking questions. There is a special needs parking area with very limited parking. Please call the festival office 48 hours in advance (970-385-6820) in order to gain access to this area. Parking passes are required.

What should I wear?
Casual wear is entirely appropriate for concerts held at the tent. “Durango dressy” encompasses wearing a dress, skirt or slacks for women; sports coat, shirt, or a sweater for men. Expect temperatures to cool significantly in the evening. The tent remains a comfortable temperature. Summer rain showers are very common, and the weather can be entirely different on the mountain than in town. Walking to the festival tent from the parking area requires walking across the plaza, up a set of stairs, and continuing up a paved foot path to the entrance of the tent, therefore, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

Can I buy a ticket at the events or do they have to be purchased in advance?
Tickets are available for purchase online at the downtown Festival Office, or by calling us at 970.385.6820 until noon on the day of the concert. They can also be purchased until noon on the day of the concert at the Purgatory ticket office. If seats are still available they can be purchased at the Festival Tent, one hour prior to the concert.

If I buy tickets online or by phone, where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets can be picked up at the Festival Office located at 1063 Main Avenue, downtown Durango. Office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tickets may also be picked up at ‘Will-Call’ one hour prior to the concert.

Are there chairs in the tent? What are the best seats?
There are chairs with seat numbers inside the tent. Ushers are at both entrances and will assist you to your seat. All seats are good and relatively close to the stage since it is a small setting. Seating preferences can be handled by Festival Office staff in person, by mail, or by phone. Our seats are made of a hard plastic, although seat cushions are attached for added comfort and warmth.

May I sit outside the tent and listen?

Grass Pass -The lawn area outside the Festival Tent is enclosed during concerts and events. The purchase of a ‘Grass Pass’ or a concert ticket is required to be in the enclosed lawn area. Grass passes can be purchased at the tent one hour prior to the concert. Passes are $5 each, children 15 and under are free. It has no cover for inclement weather, and there are no refunds. The musicians on stage are not visible and softer music may not be heard. Bring your own chairs, blankets and umbrellas. Outside food and alcohol is permitted in the area and food and beverages will be for sale as well. Come and enjoy the sounds of music while enjoying the sights of the San Juan Mountains!

May I bring my dog to concerts?
Sorry, dogs are not allowed in the Grass Pass area or inside the tent. Only service animals are allowed.

Are concerts suitable for children?
Children are wonderful and they should all be exposed to symphonic music. However, small children, younger than six, just do not enjoy sitting quietly for two hours. The layout makes it difficult to remove a restless child without disturbing the entire audience. To that end, Music in the Mountains offers a family-friendly free event, Animated Orchestra (formerly known as Family Festivo), on July 27th, 5:30 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall.
Call the office for details, 970.385.6820.

Are there bathrooms?
We offer several options. We have executive portable bathrooms on the north (right) side of the Festival Tent. They are flush portable toilets and are equipped with a running water sink, lotion hand soap, paper towels, mirror, shelf and coat hook, gender indicators, and motion detector light inside each unit. Just down from the tent are restrooms located slopeside in the Village Center and in Purgatory Lodge, which has facilities on the Plaza Level, as well as, ADA bathroom facilities located in the Durango Mountain Club.

May I take pictures of the concert?
Picture taking or audio recording of any kind is not permitted.

How long do the concerts last?
Full orchestra concerts usually last approximately 2 hours, with a 15 minute intermission. Chamber concerts are somewhat shorter.

Can you accommodate persons with disabilities?
There are areas in the tent that can accommodate wheelchairs and persons with special needs. All special needs seating is handled by the Festival Office staff, please call 970.385.6820 for assistance with ticket purchases and seat selection. The festival tent is staffed with emergency personnel at all times. If attention is needed, please notify a staff member or volunteer immediately.

What if it rains?
Mountain showers in Colorado are common in July and August. They are often short in duration and are not a problem inside the tent. You may wish to bring an umbrella and wrap for walking to and from your car.

Do I need a flashlight?
There are lights along the pathway to guide patrons back to the parking areas, which are also lighted. Ushers and volunteers are also along the pathway with flashlights for additional light. It never hurts to have one handy, though!

Will you issue a refund if I am unable to attend?
Regrettably, we cannot make refunds or exchanges on any ticket purchases.

Donate Back Policy = Donate your ticket/s back to Music in the Mountains 48-hours prior to the performance and receive a tax-deduction form for your charitable contribution to MITM.  (Does not include benefit events).

What is available for purchase at the Music in the Mountains Store/Concession?
Each year concession items differ. This year, we will have collectors t-shirts, tote bags, fleece jackets, stainless steel water bottles, CD’s, coffee mugs and much more.

Will food and refreshments be available?
We have a cash bar inside the Festival Tent. Complimentary coffee is available throughout the evening and is self-serve. See below for dining options.

Where can I eat before or after a concert?
There are several dining options in and around the resort area:


Purgy’s at Purgatory

This mountain-casual, fine-dining restaurant has indoor or patio seating, located just steps from the Music in the Mountains festival tent. Purgy’s offers nightly specials on concert nights. A lighter-fare menu of gourmet burger, flatbreads, and fresh salads is served daily from 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. An enticing dinner menu featuring elk, trout and beef entrees with seasonal locally-grown vegetables is served beginning at 5:00 p.m.. Hours are 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. daily; reservations are recommended.

The Bear Bar
Located slopeside on Purgy’s Patio, the Bear Bar & Grille offers outdoor lunch and bar service. Enjoy burgers, fresh salads, sandwiches and wraps from our cabana-style grill.  The bar menu features wine, spirits and a variety of draft and bottled beers, including local Ska craft beers. Summer hours are 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.

Paradise Pizzeria & Ice Creamery

This restaurant is located in the Village Plaza, serving freshly baked artisan pizza, calzones, wings, fresh salads and a full-service bar. A kids’ menu is also available, and the restaurant even features a play corner for them! Paradise also has a full-service ice creamery with artisan ice cream and shakes. Pizza delivery is available within the Resort area. Hours are 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily.

Village Market & Deli

VMD serves premium coffee drinks and made-to-order hot breakfast burritos and sandwiches  deli sandwiches & salads and house-made soups.  Gluten-free, Paleo and vegetarian options are available. Healthy snacks plus a new fresh & healthy smoothie menu. All menu items available for take-out to enjoy in the Grass Pass lawn. Located in the Village Plaza, VMD carries a selection of groceries and personal essentials. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Elevation Station Food Trailer
Located at the entrance of Purgatory Resort with easy access from Highway 550, Elevation Station features freshly made sandwiches, house-made soups, snacks and sweet treats that will satisfy most any craving. The food trailer also offers a variety of beverages including cold beer. Summer dates and hours of operation may vary based on weather.

Kendall Mountain Liquors
970.247.9000 x 22270

Located next to Village Market & Deli in Purgatory Village Plaza, Kendall Mountain Liquors offers a full selection of wine, spirits, mixers and beer, including local craft beer. Souvenirs and retail items are also available. Summer hours are 12:00 - 7:00 p.m. daily.