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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  • It is always interesting and scenic. Great way to see the mountains and visit Silverton. We did a jeep ride to Animas Forks after. 
  • Really enjoyed the train ride from Durango to Silverton. The scenery was beautiful even though we missed the aspens changing colors. I would recommend any time of year. Especially loved the Knight Sky...  more »
  • The museum is located in part of the roundhouse at the D&SNGRR Depot. It contains some interesting railroad rolling stock amidst a hodgepodge of other items such as antique tractors. It's a friendly p...  more »
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  • I came across Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad by complete accident. I was on a 3 week road trip around the southwest and fancied staying in Durango as I liked the name and was a short drive from Mesa Verde where I wanted to visit. I did not know anything about Durango and whilst drinking at the hotel bar I was asked if I was here for the railway. After a short chat I decided to extend my stay and ride the railway the following day. I visited the station that night and bought a ticket. I decided to take the bus up and ride the train on the way down. The other options being to take the train both up and down, or train up and bus down. I think I took the best option but obviously that is my opinion. I got there a little earlier than the bus departure time and that gave me plenty of time to visit the museum and take in the history. The drive up was fantastic as it was September and the autumn colours were beginning to bloom and you could take them all in as the road snakes up to Silverton. Once we had been dropped off I wandered the old streets and imagined what life would have been like back in its heyday. There are plenty of restaurants/bars/shops to visit during your stay here whilst waiting to catch the train back into Durango. Me being me I stopped at a few of the local bars and had a good walk around and took it all in. When it was time I boarded my train and found my seat. The carriage I was in was open air but I wanted that so I was free to take some photos. The trip down was spectacular and, at times, quite exhilarating due to the deep drop offs as the track meandered down. The views were fantastic. A top/coat is recommended as I can imagine it can get quite cold but it was a lovely sunny day when I went (Sep 2015)
  • A great steam train trip through some really beautiful country along the Animas River. One of the few remaining narrow gauge railways that are tourist attractions. I highly recommend taking the trip if you are in the area.
  • Amazing views, fun train, well worth the time. I took the open car, which was fun, but bring sunglasses to keep occasional Ash out of your eyes. Very bouncy train, but super fun and well worth a trip!
  • This is a must! Unbelievable views from the train. I highly recommend you take the the shuttle to Silverton and then train ride back to Durango. Gives you three and a half hours of riding train which is plenty. Several people told me the round trip train ride was a little too much. We rode in the outside car and it was awesome. Our eyes were a little red for days from the soot from the train but it was worth it.
  • I recently took a trip to Durango, CO. (I live in Texas) and the train was the best part of my trip by far. All the staff were very nice and pleasant and the train schedule is extremely punctual. I was riding in an open gondola where you can stick your head out of the train car and see an amazing view. It's a four hour ride one-way that goes by the mountains and the Animas River and it's just a really wonderful trip. Also many brakemen on the train are very handsome! The train museum at the station in Durango is also very interesting with information on trains and the wildlife in Durango and Silverton so be sure to stop by there too!