All Aboard – it’s that time
Welcome to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad! We’re glad you’ve chosen to visit. Whether you are new to experiencing this legendary railroad or have been a returning guest for years, we look forward to offering you the best in year-round historic train adventures presented today as they were in 1882! We invite you to hop aboard and relive the “Golden Age” on our railroad, which was voted “#1 Best Scenic Train in North America “ by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2021 & 2022, “Best Historic Railroad of the West” 2021-23 by TrueWest Magazine Readers, and “Best Train Experience in the West” in 2016 by Sunset Magazine. Order a FREE All-Aboard Guide.
Our family has dedicated decades to preserving the history surrounding this national treasure, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This railroad is designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service and an American Society of Civil Engineering Landmark.
When is the best time to visit the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad? Any time of the year!
During the winter, we offer exclusive round-trip train adventures deep into the heart of the San Juan National Forest to Cascade Canyon as well as the premier holiday family event train, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train ride.
If you’re visiting in the springtime, your train excursion may feature incredible waterfalls during the spring thaw season as you journey to Cascade Canyon.
All Aboard in the Summer
Summer is high season at the D&S with daily full day Durango to Silverton excursions May through October departing from Durango. We also offer daily 5-hour excursions on the Cascade Canyon Express seven days a week during the high season. These rail journeys also depart from the Durango Depot and travel to Cascade Canyon and are a perfect highlight reel of spectacular Rocky Mountain vistas for those with limited time.
Autumn offers you a unique way to experience peak leaf season from the comfort of the D&S train. Connect with family and friends as you explore the Rocky Mountains by historic railway. Sit back and allow yourself to be transported through a riot of blazing fall colors featuring the spectacular golden glow of aspens.
However you choose to relax and connect on the D&S train, and whatever adventure awaits you, we hope you have an inspiring journey where you create wonderful life-long memories!
Join us for festive music, seasonal drinks, and other fun holiday activities as you watch the annual torchlight parade and fireworks display. Ski instructors and mountain patrollers put on a light show as they ski down the slopes to the base area with bright torches. Then, an impressive fireworks display lights up the night sky over a snow-covered mountain.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a stop at Purgatory Resort before the big night of gift deliveries! Bring your little ones by the Beach area on Thursday, December 22nd from 2:00pm to 3:30pm and get those Christmas wishes in!
Soak and be merry! Santa’s sleigh comes early to visit Durango Hot Springs where we will be celebrating for one evening with carolers, a tree-lighting ceremony, elves and complimentary S’mores for visitors. Santa himself will be there spreading Christmas cheer and handing out Hot Cocoa. For a couple of lucky winners who join us this evening, we will give away two 10-punch passes (transferable). This is the perfect way to ring in the holidays so be sure to make your reservations today! Festivities are included with regular priced admission.
The Bar D Wranglers will entertain the whole family with holiday medleys new and old.
Join the Adaptive Sports Association crew for an Ugly Sweater Showcase and Open House at the ASA Office at Purgatory Resort. Join us for hot cocoa and s’mores as you meet the ASA team, tour the Dave Spencer Center at Purgatory Resort (base of the Columbine Learning Area), and ring in the holiday season in “style”. This event is open to all members of our community! If you’ve been thinking about getting involved at ASA, now is a great time to join us!
Make your list and check it twice for this year’s Noel Night, December 2nd, 2022! Join together with friends, family, and folks from all over in this community-wide celebration kicking off the holiday shopping season and encouraging folks to shop, eat, and love local during the holidays. Enjoy special offers, live music and entertainment, especially festive events, and treats crafted just for you at the 20th Annual Noel Night!
Local vendors selling an array of hand/homemade items from paintings, jellies, Christmas treats and Navajo Decor to jewelry and more unique items you don’t want to miss out on.
The dates for 2022 are September 29th to October 2nd. According to True West magazine’s “Best of West”, the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a must-see. Each year, performers and audiences gather to promote and celebrate the American West with cowboy music, poetry, and storytelling.Saturday features a chuckwagon breakfast downtown followed by the largest motorless parade in Colorado. For more information and to see a schedule of all the events: visit www.durangocowboy.org.