The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was established in 1879 and completed by 1882. Originally used to haul gold and silver, now serves as a scenic ride on coal-fired, steam-powered trains that run from Durango, Colorado to the historic mining town of Silverton, Colorado, 45 miles one way.
Riding the train in the fall was absolutely beautiful with all the leaves changing and the aspens in full color. The weather was absolutely perfect so we chose the open air gondola. The train follows the Animas River through the San Juan Mountains. You can depart from Durango or Silverton. If you opt for an enclosed car, you can listen to a historic narration through your trip that will also point out places of interest and historical value. The scenery through the canyons is amazing and keep an eye out for wildlife. Deer, bear, and bighorn sheep are just a few animals you will see along the way.
When you reach Silverton you will have a two-hour lunch/shopping break. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from. One of our favorites is the Brown Bear Café, try a bowl of the their delicious homemade chili. Walking around Silverton you really feel like you have stepped back in time. You can choose between a round trip on the train or return trip in a motor coach.
This is one of the posts that the pictures do the talking for me on what you will see and experience on this marvelous ride. A glimpse of the old west and the beauty of Colorado, this continues to be a timeless adventure on one of America’s top train rides year after year. Even if you take the motor coach ride back instead of the round trip by train, you will see more stunning scenery. After all, this is Colorado.
- There are museums at both ends of the train line that are free to visit.
- The train schedule will change seasonally so be sure to call ahead @ 1-888-872-4607
- Concessions and bathrooms are available on all the trains
- Durango is a great town to explore with nice hotels options and wonderful restaurants. We always choose the Doubletree by Hilton and are always very happy with our accommodations.
Location: Durango @ 479 Main Ave, Durango, Co 81301
The town of Silverton
****ALL pictures taken by SIMPLE SOJOURNER.