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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

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 of 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, but passengers soon realized the view was truly precious. This historic train has been in continuous operation for 132 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

 

The Durango Train & Silverton NGRR Tours Durango Silverton Presidential

Scenic Round Trip Silverton Train

Departs from the Durango Depot and is a 9-hour excursion. Enjoy a leisurely round-trip adventure to yesteryear on board the historic Durango train bound for Silverton. The sightseeing is spectacular along with 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 Express

This is the shortest excursion the Durango & Silverton NGRR train offers but equally as 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

Same train but in the winter. Experience the magnificent views of the Animas River and the surrounding snow-covered peaks. Winter train operates from November –Durango Silverton First Class May.

Durango Train Tour Packages

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

Wilderness Access

The 8:15 am 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 thru October). Reservations required.

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.

  • Presidential Class (Age 21 and over)
  • First Class
  • Red Mountain
  • Yankee GirlDurango Train - Silverton Vista
  • Alamosa Parlor Car
  • Knight Sky
  • Prospector
  • Silver Vista
  • Deluxe Class
  • Deluxe Legend
  • Historic San Juan Coach
  • Rio Grande Open Observation
  • Standard Class
  • Open-Air Gondola
  • Coach Seating

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad – Package Experiences

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

Hotel Packages

Stay at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Silverton. The historic town of Silverton is truly a step back in time that will enhance your getaway vacation.

Durango Train - Silverton OpenAir

Adventure Packages:

  • Snowmobile tour and a train ride.
  • Guided ATV tour and a train ride.
  • Jeep tour and a train ride.
  • Zipline and a train ride.
  • Train ride and a raft trip.

Tour Packages

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

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.

Durango Silverton Legend

Group Sales

Interested in booking a group event? Group sales are available for parties requiring 20 or more seats. Give them a call at 970-385-8875 or contact them.

 

 

 

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All Aboard!

All Aboard!

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.

About D&SNGRR

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.

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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!

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Durango Hot Springs

Surrounded by mountain views, these natural mineral hot springs are like no other on Earth, with a perfect blend of minerals and an absence of sulfuric odor. The newly renovated Durango Hot Springs Spa combines the benefits of natural mineral hot springs soaking with therapeutic and relaxation massage and a full complement of spa treatments. Durango Hot Springs is open daily from 9:00 AM-10:00 PM. Reservations are required.

New Year’s Eve Celebration Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Display

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. Clause Visit the 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!

Soaking and S’mores with Santa

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.

Adaptive Sports Association Open House and Ugly Sweater Showcase

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!

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20th Annual Noel Night

20th Annual Noel Night

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!

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