Railroading in Durango, Colorado
Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango & Silverton
  Narrow Gauge Railroad


Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango's history is etched in its train tracks. In 1880, Durango was founded by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and the railway arrived on August 5, 1881. Within a couple years, tracks were completed to transport freight and passengers to the nearby town of Silverton and a new era began. Although the company's main interest was hauling silver and gold, the train quickly gained popularity for the scenic glory of its high-mountain route.


The historic train is now a tourist attraction. Now, you too can ride the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, seen in over a dozen popular movies, including How the West Was Won (1963) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).


Your adventure begins as metal wheels commence their slow rotation, chugging along tracks that date back more than a century. As the vintage steam locomotive gather momentum, you'll soon find yourself surrounded by some of the most awe-inspiring scenery that Colorado has to offer. You will be whisked beside the crystalline Animas River, past towering green pines and across breath-taking mountain vistas.


Almost 130 years later, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad still operates year-round. Experience a special blend of past and present as you ride 45.4 miles through the San Juan National Forest to the old mining town of Silverton, Colorado— a National Historic Landmark in its own right. During winter months the train does not travel all the way to Silverton but only to stunning Cascade Canyon and back (26 miles each way.)


The D&SNGRR Train Schedule offers seasonal departure times and the price of a ticket includes admissions to the Railroad Museum. There are four levels of seating cars: Presidential Class (age 21+ only), First Class and Deluxe Class (age restrictions vary) and Standard Class (welcomes all ages). Adventure Packages are also available, which combine other outdoor activities (think ATVs, jeep tours, horseback riding, zip lining or rafting) with your train trip.


If traveling gives you the munchies, consider packing a lunch for the ride. Food is also available in the concession car. Or you may choose to wait and explore the local restaurants of Silverton, Colorado.


Durango, CO enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine a year; however, the train runs between 6,512 feet and 9,305 feet in elevation so temperatures often drop. Be sure to dress in warm layers! Check the Durango Weather Chart for average annual temperatures.


Pets are not allowed. Please make appropriate arrangements (kennels are available).


The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad rewards tourists with a glimpse into yesteryear while providing an unforgettable journey through the natural splendor of today. Climb aboard!



Another Video of the Train Experience


More Information About The Railroad


The Railroad features various tour packages, events, activities, and entertainment. Check with the Durango and Silverton Railroad for details, schedules and tour fees. Durango & Silverton Railroad
479 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-2733
(877) 872-4607