This popular three-night vacation package combines your lodging with the two most sought-after attractions in Southwest Colorado - The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Mesa Verde National Park.
Your first two nights you'll stay in Durango, Colorado, at your choice of lodging options, from budget friendly motels to deluxe hotels, cabins and vacation homes.
Your first morning in Durango you'll ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which winds through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two million acre San Juan National Forest. You will relive history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear on this 1882 adventure from Durango to Silverton, Colorado. The coal-fired, steam-operated locomotives are maintained in their original 1923-1925 vintage condition. Once you arrive in Silverton, you will have a layover to take the time to visit the Freight Yard Museum at the depot and learn about the history of the Rio Grande Railway as well as enjoy lunch, and stroll this historic town's many quaint shops.
You will return to Durango early evening. You’ll have time to browse the downtown shops, have a fabulous dinner at one of Durango’s many fine eating establishments, and take in and evening show and enjoy Durango's beautiful summer nights.
On Day 2 of your trip, you will take a scenic 1 hr. and 15 min. drive on Highway 160 East to Mesa Verde National Park. (Park entrance fee is included in the full day "Ruins and Rails" tour price but is not included in 1/2 day tour package price. Gold passes are accepted.) Mesa Verde National Park is home to the ancient ruins of the Pueblo Indians (formerly known as Anasazi), a thriving culture and creative people who lived in magnificent cliff dwellings of hand-hewn stone - over six centuries ago! The readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine rated this internationally known treasure "the #1 historic monument destination of the world!"
With two options to choose from, you can choose the Mesa Verde Tour that is right for your family. Take a full day tour with the "Ruins and Rails" tour provided by Mesa Verde Tours - enjoying a full service tour that includes lunch, refreshments and all of your park fees. This tour will take you on a fascinating journey through time with a modern interpretation of the architecture, anthropology and culture of the ancient Puebloan peoples (formerly known as the Anasazi). For a shorter trip option, make the most of your visit to Mesa Verde National Park with a three-hour, fascinating ranger guided bus tour. This tour does not include entrance to the park or lunch but has two different departure times for your convenience. The morning tour departs 8:00AM; the afternoon tour departs 1:00 PM. Professional park guides will bring the history to life while you explore the haunting cliff dwellings - the largest in North America.