Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and 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 and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and 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 and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and other attractions in Durango.
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  • The 416 and burro fires are still an issue, and while a hazy smoke laid across the landscape, the views were still stunning. Due to the fire, only half of the route is open, so the train departed nort...  more »
  • Still the highlight of our trip. The portion of rail trip still open is spectacular. Staff and rail crew are all great. An experience not to be missed. Would be five stars if the full route to Silvert...  more »
  • Open daily and no admission fee. Top knotch! Allow an hour or two! More than a railroad museum. See antique autos, airplane, huge HO gauge layout, and wildlife exhibit,  more »
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  • This train ride was such a fun way to spend a morning! We'd been once before when they did a murder mystery and loved it so much we couldn't resist going back. It is an experience full of history and beautiful scenery. I wish they'd do more murder mystery rides. Plus there was some random guy that would follow the train along the tracks, much to our surprise, to wave at the people riding it. They have a charming museum dedicated to the railway as well. Fun for all ages!
  • I had the tickets in my hand but unfortunately our dog sitter didn't show up! I tried to go twos years ago and my dog fell sick. I will still give it a good review because of the trip I had years ago and everyone that got to do today's trip said it was fantastic! They said it was amazing because they had a professor of film. This professor shared the history of films that were made in this area. Now that I wrote this review I'm even madder! I guess the poor college student isn't poor enough that he probably slept through his alarm and missed some good money for a job he could not complete. Oh well, I have to let it go.
  • This is a must-do if you are visiting the Durango area. It is expensive but there are different seating options available to help keep costs reasonable. Also consider this an all-day event as the train ride up and back will take around 6 hours. It really is like stepping back in time 100 years. The train staff are very knowledgeable about the history of the train and the Durango/Silverton area. Water/Coffee/soft drinks and snacks are offered as part of your ticket depending on what type of seat you purchase, but other items can be purchased on board. You'll have around 2 hours in Silverton to eat and shop before heading back to Durango. Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly as the temperature drops quite a bit on the way up to Silverton. Don't forget your camera.
  • Great museum for all ages. They have a couple engines and train cars inside along with model trains and various other displays, including an old airplane! You can sit in one of the old train cars to watch a video too! It is free (donation encouraged but not required). Inside was a little stuffy and warm but not too bad (visited mid-August). Highly recommend!
  • My wife and I have done the blues train for the last four years, and the scenery along the usual route is worth the ride by itself. The trains are nice and all the people we've interacted with friendly. We haven't done the full run up to Silverton yet, but that is our next goal. Worth a visit if you are in the area, especially if you like old trains.

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