D&SNGRR a Stunning Scenic Train Ride

D&SNGRR a Scenic Train Ride not to Miss

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNGRR) arrived in Durango (now Durango train) on August 5, 1881, and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. By July 1882 (amazingly, only 9 months after construction began), the tracks to Silverton were completed, and the train began hauling freight and passengers. The line was constructed to haul silver & gold ore from the San Juan Mountains. However, it quickly became recognized that the sightseeing along the train route was stunning. When the gold & silver mining days wound down, the D&SNGRR easily transitioned to become a historic scenic train. D&SNGRR has been in continuous operation for 132 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. Learn more about the history of the D&SNGRR, or check out other scenic train ride options in Colorado.

D&SNGRR Durango Train

Durango Train Tours

The D&SNGRR provides a variety of scenic train tours that depart daily during their season. Below are tour highlights to be aware of.

D&SRGRR Classic Scenic Route

Ride the classic route, which departs from the Durango Depot and travels to Silverton and back in 9-hours. Enjoy a leisurely round-trip adventure to yesteryear on board the historic Durango train bound for Silverton. The sightseeing is spectacular along the route, including travel through Horseshoe Curve, High Bridge, and the Animas River Gorge. The train has a concessions car with various snacks and drinks for purchase. There is a 2-hour layover (part of the total time) in the historic mining town of Silverton. There is a one-way bus service option as well, in either direction.

Cascade Canyon ExpressD&SNGRR Presidential

This is the shortest excursion the Durango train offers, but it is equally stunning. The Cascade Express is 5.25 hours and perfect for those on a schedule. It travels the same route but turns around at Cascade Canyon about halfway. The train has a concessions car, or you can pre-order a box lunch.

Cascade Canyon Winter Train

The same train, but in the winter. Experience the magnificent views of the Animas River and the surrounding snow-covered peaks. The winter train operates from November to May. The Durango Train offers a festive holiday train during the Christmas holiday season.

Durango Train Tour Packages

  • The Silverton Silverlight Express
  • Extended Silverton Adventure Express
  • Silverton Historical Mine Tour

D&SRGRR Wilderness Access Durango Train D&SNGRR First Class

The 8:15 a.m. Silverton Train offers a drop-off into the San Juan National Forest and the Weminuche Wilderness for backpacking, day hikes, rafting, and fishing trips during the summer season (May through October). Reservations are required, and we recommend you call for more information.

D&SNGRR Classes of Service

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers 15 classes of seating, everything from the most exquisite presidential coach car to open-air gondola cars. You will certainly find the comfort level to suit your style.

D&SNGRR winter-Durango-train

D&SNGRR – Package Experiences

Consider more than just a train ride. The D&SNGRR allows you to combine the area’s activities and destinations.

Hotel Packages

Stay at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Silverton. This historic town is a step back and will enhance your getaway vacation.

Signature Events

The D&SNGRR has a long list of seasonal and holiday events. They realize that families, groups, or couples enjoy celebrating special times of year together, and the train goes all out to make these experiences as memorable as possible.

by Kathleen Fitzsimmons

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