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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Take a train ride back in time!
All aboard! Take a delightful trip to the past on the Durango Silverton Railroad. Enjoy a scenic journey behind Durango’s historic coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive. Experience the sights and sounds of a romantic bygone era on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (remove link), as it winds through the breathtaking canyons of San Juan National Forest to the old mining town of Silverton, a Na-tional Historic Landmark.
A Brief History of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
An important part of Durango history, the Denver & Rio Grande Railway arrived in Durango in the fall of 1881. The rail line to Silverton was amazingly completed in only nine months! By July of 1882, the tracks to Silverton were complete, and the train began transporting both freight and passengers. Even though the Durango-Silverton Railroad was originally constructed to haul silver and gold ore, passengers soon realized it was the view that was truly precious. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad cele-brated its 125th year of continuous operation in 2006. This fantastic taste of days gone by continues to be a local favorite, and a world-class attraction.
A Few Tips for your Exciting Trip on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
- Schedule: The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad operates year-round. However, dur-ing the winter months, the Train does not travel the entire way to Silverton, but goes to beautiful Cascade Canyon and back. Click here to visit the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Web site for current information on schedule and rates!
- Pets: Durango is a very pet-friendly town. But furry friends can’t join you on the Durango-Silverton Train. If you do bring your pets with you on vacation when you visit Colorado, please ar-range for them to stay in one of Durango’s excellent kennels or find another comfortable home for them during the day while you’re enjoying your train ride.
- Food: Purchase a range of yummy snacks from the well-stocked concession car on the Durango & Silverton Train! You can also feel free to bring your own lunch. Or just wait until you reach Silverton, and enjoy a great dining experience at one of the local restaurants.
- Clothing: Please don’t forget to wear suitable clothing to keep you warm and comfortable as you travel through the San Juan Mountains. The Durango Train climbs in elevation from 6,512 feet to 9,318 feet, and the temperature drops as we climb. It can feel chilly, even in the summer months. A good plan is to dress in layers and bring a rain jacket, just in case!
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