Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum, Durango

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Rumble through the high rocky cliffs and canyons of Colorado on one of the country’s oldest railways at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum. The 19th-century heritage railroad features coal-fired, steam-powered locomotives transporting passengers between the towns of Durango and Silverton. Wind your way through the Colorado wilderness past picturesque western towns and stretches of breathtaking scenery. Stop by the railway museum and Silverton Freight Yard before leaving to learn more about the railroading industry in the late 1800s. Wear sunglasses on the train to protect against the coal steam. Work out when and for how long to visit Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum and other Durango attractions using our handy Durango vacation trip planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    A must ride! We paid extra and rode the Silver Vista car round trip, Durango to Silverton and back. The Silver Vista has a glass top, open sides. The other cars are more difficult to view the amazing ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    It was raining so we (myself, my wife, 8 year old son, and 3 year old daughter) decided to go to the museum. To get to the museum you need to go through the train depot and across the tracks a little ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We took the train on a Sunday in gorgeous weather - rode the train both ways in the Narrator car. A tad more expensive but definitely worth it! They have 7 narrators who represent different old West c...  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    Had so much fun yesterday! My boyfriend, his family & I did the bus/ train combo starting with the bus. I would recommend doing it this way, because the train ride can be a bit long. The bus ride there only took 1.5 hours and you got to see different things than what you saw on the train ride. When we arrived in Silverton, we ate at this awesome BBQ place. It was a pink building that had BBQ sign. Then we walked around all the shops and bought really cute long sleeve shirts. Then we got icecream and rode the train back. All the staff on train ride was very nice.
  • June 6, 2017
    It was nice. Train Ride was a little long. But the scenery and view was gorgeous. Not really much to see in Silverton. A lot of places not open when we were there. We were told their was a train store there but never found it. My husband is the train fanatic. He enjoyed it more. Very friendly people though.
  • June 16, 2017
    This was an amazing experience. We took the train up and back down. If you are interested in saving time you can take the bus either up or back. The best views are on the right side of the train going to Silverton or the left side of the train going to Durango. They turn the whole train around at Silverton so you will see both sides of you take the round trip.
  • July 2, 2017
    Fun experience! Beautiful views- I want to go again for one of the "special event" rides. Do wear eye protection as they advise, no reason to ruin a beautiful trip with too much cinder in your eyes!
  • June 25, 2017
    THIS WAS THE MOST HORRIBLE VACATION EXPERIENCE EVER!! I would give it 0 stars if I could. On the way up the train broke down not once, but twice. We eventually arrived in Silverton, 2 hours past our scheduled arrival time, which meant less time in Silverton. Also, on our way up, I got to listen to my 3 y.o. son crying for an hour and a half because coal had scratched/irritated his eyes, which we were not warned could happen. Not knowing if we could make it back on the train, due to 2 breakdowns, we decided to take the bus back, with no time in Silverton. Mind you the train up took 5.5 hours!! We had to get back due to a prior engagement. When getting on the bus we were told there was going to be an $80+ upcharge for the bus ride back. We eventually made it back and told our concerns to the manager (I believe his name was Rob), and he completely blew us off. Horrible from start to finish, and a complete waste of an entire day. You have been warned.

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Immerse yourself in Durango's rich history by staying in one of downtown's turn-of-the-century hotels, where the buildings' brick architecture highlights a bygone era. Not only do these pack plenty of character, they offer proximity to the majority of the town's eateries, stores, and attractions. A motel farther out of town is typically cheaper, while a rural bed and breakfast is ideal for a romantic getaway. For an authentic western Colorado experience, consider a dude ranch on the outskirts.
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