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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Relive the Wild West on the Historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad!

For 140 years, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been transporting passengers through the remote, scenic wilderness and high mountain landscape of the San Juan National Forest.  

A National Historic Landmark and one of the most popular heritage railroads in North America, this train offers a unique, affordable, family-friendly travel experience that combines Colorado’s colorful pioneering and mining histories with unparalleled backcountry beauty.

Listen to the steel wheels sing as you venture alongside the rushing waters of the Animas River and amid the towering peaks of the San Juan Mountains to beautiful Cascade Canyon or the historic mining town of Silverton. Operating year-round, the Durango Train is a wonderful way to witness the changing of the seasons, learn about the rich history of Durango and the state’s railroading industry, and experience the dramatic alpine landscapes of southwest Colorado. 

During all four seasons, the train travels to Cascade Canyon which lies deep in the wilderness of the San Juan Mountains. From early May through October, the railroad transports passengers to and from Silverton, a visit that’s like stepping back in time to the days of the Wild West – and when gold and silver mining in the area was at its zenith.

While you’re at the Durango Depot, don’t forget to visit the free D&S Roundhouse Museum a 12,000 square foot facility situated in the railyard that houses a carefully curated collection of artifacts and exhibits that paint a picture of Colorado’s rich railroading and mining histories. Even more interesting, the D&SNGRR museum is located in one part of the roundhouse, the only one of its kind in the world to house narrow gauge steam locomotives. The museum is open every day the train runs.  

Reservations:  (877) 872-4607 or book online.

Current Schedule

Here are the current train destination routes and times for the Summer and Fall.

Cascade Canyon Express

  • Available seven days a week from May 1 - November 7
  • One departure daily from the Durango Depot at 9:30 am
  • This is a 5-hour roundtrip excursion

Schedule of the Cascade Canyon Express:

  • Durango Departure: 9:30 am
  • Cascade Canyon Arrival: 11:30 am
  • Cascade Canyon Departure:  12:00 pm
  • Durango Arrival: 2:30 pm

Silverton

  • Available seven days a week from May 22 - October 31
  • Two departures daily from the Durango Depot: the diesel train departure at 8:00 am; the steam departure at 9:00 am
  • This is a 9.25 roudtrip excursion 3 1/2 hours on the train each way with a two-hour layover in Silverton

You can find the complete train schedule and associated classes of service offered for both of these Silverton trains at Durangotrain.com.

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