Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and 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 and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and 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. By using our Durango online day trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and other attractions in Durango.
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  • We did the Durango to Casade Canyon express and we loved it! Round trip was 5 hours with a stop in the middle. There are no restaurants when you get off. So we took some lunch and enjoyed it on a...  more »
  • Loved, loved, loved this train ride. It is nostaglic and scenic. Took the 5 hr. ride from Durango to Cascade Canyon. Concessions and restroom is on the train in one of the cars but I believe you...  more »
  • Our family took a 5 hour round trip from Durango to Cascade Canyon and were extremely happy with our experience. This trip is short enough and offers breathtaking views of the San Juan Forest and the....  more »
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  • Truly one of the best scenic train rides. There are many ways you can do this ride at different price points or one way. We did a round trip in the Yankee Girl car and we had a wonderful attendant, Charlotte who guided us with her knowledge of the railroad and historical facts. Her exuberance made the trip so enjoyable. We had access to snacks and beverages with comfortable chairs. I highly recommend doing this train ride and remember to book it early when you know your travel itinerary as it sells out.
  • We didn't really look at the museum much, but the train ride was awesome! Yes, it's a slow, bumpy ride on a historic train, so that could be both interesting or boring depending on the person. But it has an absolutely stunning view with unbelievably clear blue glacial water in the river. They also offer a TON of different possibilities, including stopping part way for a zip-line course or stopping part way to raft all the way back down to Durango. There are also a lot of options for cars with open roofs, glass roofs, guides dressed in character giving historical facts all the way, etc. Their website obviously has the best info for that. It DID feel a bit pricey, but I'd say it was worth it for us--we just did a standard ride in a closed top car, so we didn't roast alive in the sun. Take a shower afterward; you get covered in soot from the train, even if you're brushing it off the whole train ride. Silverton is a really beautiful town, too. The view of the mountains there is gorgeous, and you could probably spend a weekend there hiking, if you wanted to. They have lots of cute tourist shops, restaurants with local performers, and other historic buildings to look at. This is a HUGE tourist attraction in Durango, so there is plenty to spend your money on, but you also feel like a celebrity. Cars driving by and locals or campers will gather near the railroad to wave (or honk) and take pictures as you pass by.
  • The train was going when we were there... But the museum MUST BE on your list. There are seven operational steam locomotives still in operation. An eighth is being restored, and will be converted to burn oil rather than coal. The museum has one-of-a-kind displays and information about the history of Colorado, mining, and the railroad. There are walk in train cars, and a model railroad that is massive. There are displays about transportation, and several original cars. I would have liked to have ridden the train, but you need to plan a whole day for that. 3.5 hours to Silverton, and 3.5 hours back. It will stay on my bucket list. The gift shop is nice and well stocked. There's even a coffee shop in the depot. Do stop. The museum is free.
  • The train ride is one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. My wife and I rode the train to and from Silverton. The scenery is really beautiful and the attendants were so nice and friendly. I would highly recommend the train ride to anyone. It is like taking a step back in time and very well worth it. Durango and Silverton are two of the most amazing places to visit.
  • The train ride this fall was breath taking and very enjoyable. Silverton was a unique and interesting town. We would advise taking the bus back. It is a long ride back and we had to stop several times for the train ahead of us. We were in an enclosed car and that was fine. Twas a bit nippy way up in mountains. AND drink lots of water. High altitude really dehydrates you fast. Our breathing was a bit harder. Not sure I'd go if on oxygen.

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