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The Durango & Silverton Railroad
Please call us for more information about our many packages and special occasion options. Let us help you create lifetime memories! 877-872-4607

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Bar D Chuckwagon
970.247.5753 - 888.800.5753
Great Western stage show and delicious barbeque supper. Open nightly Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Reservations required.

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Boot Barn
830 S. Camino Del Rio.
970-385-1054
A huge selection of Western boots from brands like Ariat, Justin, Durango, Old Gringo, Lucchese
and much more.
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K & C Traders
970-387-5123
Silverton
Unique and locally mined Astorite, rare Larimer and Carico Lake turquoise jewelry

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Mesa Verde Country
970-565-8227
Southwest Colorado's towns of Cortez, Dolores, Mancos and Towaoc embrace the archaeological center of America, anchored by world-renowned Mesa Verde National Park.

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The Grand
Imperial Hote
l, Lounge & Restaurant

1219 Greene St., Silverton
1-800-341-3340
Home of Grumpy's World-famous French Onion soup. Live honky tonk piano. Featured in John Feilder's "Best of Colorado." Open year-round. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Strater Hotel
699 Main Ave.
Durango
970.247.4431
Get on board and experience the charm, history and excitement.
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The Jewelry Works
965 Main Ave - Durangp
970.247.3173
Creators of custom one-of-a-kind jewelry.

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Durango Airport
970-247-8143
We have daily service from American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Express, and US Airways
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Natalia's 1912 Restaurant
1159 Blair St.
Silverton
(970) 387-5300
Fast Friendly & Affordable. Serving bodaciously good food for the hungry masses.

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Welcome. You have just started on a journey that will take you on a ride to remember for a lifetime. Along the way you'll experience breath taking views and a historical step back in time when the west was being forged. You'll visit the towns of Durango and Silverton each having stories of prosperity and struggle to tell. Right now, you probably have some questions and this is the guide to help answer them. When should you stay? Where should you stay? Who will lead your journey? We'll not only get you from here to there, but this guide will let you know what to expect on your journey and ways to enhance your adventure. Read on, click on links and you'll soon find out that this is going to be much more than just a train ride.

All Aboard the Durango & Silverton
Narrow Gauge Railroad!

We are so glad you decided to ride with us on this Great American Treasure. We make history come alive and you will experience today the same ride, the same views, and the same adventure that our passengers have done for over 131 years.

Our mission is to preserve history. We truly believe the best way to preserve history is to make its presentation so interesting and exciting that people will pay a fair price for the experience. We don't want tax dollars or charity. The D&SNGRR will stand on its own as it has for over a century.
Now get ready to ride! Watch the 1880's train steam ahead. See the wilderness and wildlife of the Colorado Rockies. The majestic peaks, the water falls, and the roaring Animas River will astound you. It is no wonder that the D&SNGRR was voted One of the World's Top Ten Train Rides by the Society of American Travel Writers in 2009 and the Number One North American Train Trip by National Geographic Traveler in 2010!

All Aboard the Durago Train


The most important part of our mission is you. It is to give you an experience you will never forget. Riding the D&SNGRR you are now a part of history. Have an unforgettable trip. Thank you so much for coming to be with us.

Welcome. You have just started on a journey that will take you on a ride to remember for a lifetime. Along the way you'll experience breath taking views and a historical step back in time when the west was being forged. You'll visit the towns of Durango and Silverton each having stories of prosperity and struggle to tell. Right now, you probably have some questions and this is the guide to help answer them. When should you stay? Where should you stay? Who will lead your journey? We'll not only get you from here to there, but this guide will let you know what to expect on your journey and ways to enhance your adventure. Read on, click on links and you'll soon find out that this is going to be much more than just a train ride.


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Welcome Aboard!

Allen & Carol Harper, owners










Creating History
"Seasons of the Narrow Gauge"
What is it about the Durango & Silverton that captivates people? They thrill at the conductor 's announcement: All aboard! People on the street and in passing cars stop, smile and wave when they see its powerful locomotives and colorful cars pass by. Passengers and train crew happily return the greeting. From all over the world, or just up the road, people come to ride - and to work - on this historic treasure.

"Seasons of the Narrow Gauge" captures the sights, sounds and stories of this beloved train and its people. More than 200 magnificent photographs tell the story of a year in the operation of the Durango & Silverton, both on the train and behind the scenes. Eminent historian Duane Smith recounts the story of how the railroad came to Durango and Silverton, and what it took to keep it alive when Americans had shifted their allegiance to planes and automobiles. Owners Allen and Carol Harper tell us what they are doing to assure the railroad will educate and entertain future generations and remain the ultimate historic railroad in the world.

This beautiful book follows passengers through the seasons, as they revel in the stunning scenery of the San Juan Mountains, past sheer cliffs, steep canyons and thundering waterfalls, meadows of wildflowers and swift flowing rapids. I t captures the warming rays of sun peaking through the roof of the Silver Vista in summer and the hush of a winter's day when the sound of the train whistle echoes off mountain peaks. "Seasons of the Narrow Gauge" highlights what it takes to provide those experiences as well. How do they keep century-old locomotives and passenger cars in top condition? How does this mountain railroad handle nature's challenges, from snow and rock slides to occasional floods? Whether shoveling coal or staging a spontaneous onboard wedding, D&SNGRR employees love their jobs. That's why they, too, keep coming back year after year. "Seasons of the Narrow Gauge" is, in short, a reflection of the past, present, and future of the Durango & Silverton, the perfect reminder of your ride, whether it is your first or your hundredth.
- By Beth Green
Distance and Drive Time to Durango
REGIONAL CITIES MILES TIME
Ignacio, CO 24 33 min
Cortez, CO 46 48 min
Silverton, CO 48 1 hr
Ouray, CO 71 2 hrs
Telluride, CO 118 2.5 hrs


ATTRACTIONS MILES TIME
Vallecito Lake 22 30 min
Mesa Verde 36 45 min
Four Corners 84 1.5 hrs
Chaco Canyon 135 3 hrs
Monument Valley 197 4 hrs
Grand Canyon 325 6 hrs


CITY MILES HOURS
Moab, UT 165 3
Taos, NM 201 4
Albuquerque, NM 220 3.5
Sante Fe, NM 241 4
Flagstaff, AZ 316 6
Co. Springs, CO 319 6
Denver, CO 342 6.5
Salt Lake City, UT 399 7
Phoenix, AZ 461 8
Amarillo, TX 504 9
Las Vegas, NV 542 9
Los Angeles, CA 777 12
Dallas, TX 861 14
New York City, NY 2,118 33




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