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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

479 Main Avenue, Durango, Colorado 81301 USA

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“Ride an old mining train into the mountains”

This historic train has been in continuous operation for 128 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Today the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad continues to provide year-round train service, operating a historical train with rolling stock indigenous to the line. The locomotives used to pull today’s train remain 100% coal-fired, steam-operated. The locomotives are 1923-25 vintage and are maintained in original condition. The coaches each feature bathroom facilities and are heated during the winter months for passenger comfort. Open gondola cars provide a panoramic view of the mountains. Concessions are available on every train. The Durango & Silverton is owned and operated by American Heritage Railways.

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Caitlin Prior

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September 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

Make sure you check their website for train departures as the times vary throughout the year. It is a great way to see breathtaking scenery and well worth your money!

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June 29, 2014

This train ride will surely not disappoint any who enjoy nature and the old west. Spectacular, peaceful views! Plan your trip in early October to see the Aspens in full color.

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Dave Doster

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March 14, 2014

See Colorado like the early settlers did. This train goes through areas of incredible scenery. And the train is REAL! If you have kids, this is a must do on any trip to this corner of Colorado.

4 people found this review helpful

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Nancy Sewell

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January 08, 2017

This railroad takes passengers on a two-and-a-half hour journey along the Animas River. The 3-foot, narrow-gauge track allows the train to make sharper curves alongside the 400-foot cliffs.

During the ride, passengers “can be dropped off at certain points to hike and fish at places they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to get to,” says Andrea Seid, the marketing manager. Tickets are $49-$169. Open daily from May 8 to Oct. 30. 479 Main Ave., Durango. 877-872-4607 or

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June 10, 2016

FANTASTIC! We really enjoyed it. We were on the open car, but next time I want to do the car with the glass roof, I think you will be able to see more of the mountains.

1 person found this review helpful

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December 30, 2015

We did the Polar express at XMas time. Kids loved it. Cookies and hot chocolate. Yes the chefs sing the whole time. Santa gives your kid a bell. Then back for pics with Santa. Uou have topay extra for of course. I would say an hour half tops

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June 17, 2014

Wonderful way to see undeveloped Colorado. Awesome scenery and history.

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April 19, 2016
Rated 4.0

Beautiful views throughout the ride. Would definitely do it again when the kids are a bit older... They were excited about it at first but were pretty much over it on the way back (especially my 3 year old).

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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

479 Main Avenue
Durango, Colorado
81301 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 8:45 am - 6:00 pm

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