Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum, Durango

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Rumble through the high rocky cliffs and canyons of Colorado on one of the country’s oldest railways at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum. The 19th-century heritage railroad features coal-fired, steam-powered locomotives transporting passengers between the towns of Durango and Silverton. Wind your way through the Colorado wilderness past picturesque western towns and stretches of breathtaking scenery. Stop by the railway museum and Silverton Freight Yard before leaving to learn more about the railroading industry in the late 1800s. Wear sunglasses on the train to protect against the coal steam. By using our Durango online day trip planner , you can arrange your visit to Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum and other attractions in Durango.
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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum Reviews
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  • We decided to take the train because some of our other plans had fallen through. Boy we were glad we did. It was one of the best things we did on the trip. Amazing views. Felt like we went back in tim...  more »
  • Not just for kids, although we came here for our grandson. This was really enjoyable and our grandson loved it, as well as we did. Defiantly a must do! Great ride and entertainment. Would ride again.  more »
  • Did not take the railway, but will next time. Loved the museum. Great exhibits, and fun to take pictures in front of old trains. Wish we had actaully gone from Durango to Silverton on the narrow gauge...  more »
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  • Making reservations is simple and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The train ride to Cascade Canyon is great! They offer events through the year such as Polar Express, Pumpkin Patch and the Christmas Tree Train which we take part in. It is a fun ride for the whole family. There is an observation car and a snack car for good drinks, lunch and souvenirs. The break-men come through regularly and explain the area, the function of the train etc. It's great to see the folks in period costume come through and give tidbits of history and stories. It's a great experience.
  • We came here specifically for the Polar Express and we were far from disappointed! This station not only had an amazing steam locomotive that had old fashion seats that flip and face one another in the coach we reserved,great if you have kids, but they also do these great skits from the movie. The best parts were the chefs dancing and bringing hot chocolate while playing the song, sharing the story book in sections during the trip, seeing the conductor and his wise cracks, and Santa coming on board and listening to the kids wishes and giving them a sleigh bell. Pretty special. Also you get a gift bag and can see Santa at the station after your trip to the north pole. Well worth it. Kids and adults loved loved loved it! Shout out to our British chefs thanks for hot chocolate and cookies.
  • We booked tickets for The Polar Express for the whole family. What an amazing experience it was for all of us. We started out trying to book online but end up calling in to book our tickets. We found this much more efficient and helpful. When we arrived we were worried about crowds, parking etc. None of it was an issue. There was plenty of parking, crowds were not bad at all. They were efficient at moving people and also at making each individual feel special. Our kids loved it and had interaction with every character. Characters were friendly and played the part amazing. They also had no problem taking pictures with the kids. Lots of fun surprises along the way too! For years we have looked at this and considered it a bit expensive, however now that we have gone I can tell you it is worth every penny and more. You will not be disappointed. We only stood outside for about 15 min durning the “show” and the were on heated cars enjoying hot cocoa, cookies, entertainment and more. I highly recommend this experience to build memories with your kids!
  • The trip on this train was amazing. We did the full trip to Silverton and back. Paid Parking was easy. There is a McDonald's next to the train station and they let you bring food and drinks on to the train. Make reservations before you go. You will not regret this trip, worth the money, kids love it, and we had great time. Staff was amazing. Lots of History, make sure you visit the museum located behind and across from the train station.
  • Let me just say that I had a blast! I did have a few very terrible experiences but I tend to block out the trauma. I loved the atmosphere and the views. Obviously I'm not from Durango so it was a real treat for me. They have an open air cart where you can stand and get a real feel for the surrounding area. The only thing I HATED was the gigantic(25 person) family that was shoved in the same cart as us. They were very impolite and simply did not comprehend American etiquette when in public.

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