Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum, Durango

4.6
#1 of 154 in Museums in Colorado
Specialty Museum Scenic Railroad
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.
Create an itinerary including Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
3,921 reviews
Google
4.6
  • Very understanding and helpful customer service. Helped to make a bad situation into a positive one.  more »
  • Really enjoyed to ride on scenic car to open the view and took lots of pictures and it took 3.5 hours on one way. But it really worth it... But train smoke bother us on the trip to silverton and not b...  more »
  • We paid a little extra money per ticket to reserve seats in the narration car. It was well worth the price. We heard about the area, the pioneers and the history of the train. (Also rained on the way ...  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Durango

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Durango

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.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Durango by other users

18 days in United States BY A USER FROM FRANCE September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, culture, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Colorado & California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, beaches, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 23 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 28 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Durango BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans