Hop on this historical 1880s steam locomotive for a scenic ride through the Colorado mountains.
The Narrow Gauge Railroad line from Durango to Silverton, Colorado was built in 1881 for the purpose of hauling gold and silver mine ores from the San Juan Mountains. It has been estimated to have carried around $300 million in rich cargo over its lifetime. Even from the very beginning it has been promoted for its scenic passenger service as well with the tracks running through the depths of the San Juan Mountains, passing by beautifully forested terrain, waterfalls, and other sights only visible from the tracks. The railroad line, like the historical mining towns it runs between, has faced many challenges through the years though it has managed to stay in operation to bless the lives of its passengers with a truly unique experience. Come learn more about the railroad’s history at the free museum in the Durango station.
The railroad is open year-round for passengers. Take the train all the way from Durango to Silverton and back again during the summer or enjoy a scenic winter ride through Cascade Canyon. There are seasonal events for St. Patrick’s Day and throughout the Christmas season. Board the Polar Express for a magical trip to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus from late November through January. Ticket prices vary by experience and can be found at durangotrain.com. The Durango & Silverton Railroad offers a one of a kind experience that the whole family can enjoy.