Travel through some of the most breathtaking scenery Colorado has to offer. Your adventure begins on a real steam-powered train, as it travels into the rugged mountains, past cascading creeks and waterfalls, through towering pine forests and bring your camera because you will want to use it as your train winds its way onto the “highline”, a famous section along the face of high cliffs. Your destination is the Wild West mining town of Silverton, nestled in the heart of snowcapped summits.
Durango was founded in the 1880’s by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway. The original line was constructed to haul mine ore from the San Juan mountains. Today, visitors come to enjoy this quaint Victorian mining community and ride the train, where they can experience the remote wilderness and majestic mountain views seen only from the tracks of this authentic, narrow gauge, steam-operated railroad. The train meanders through the San Juan National Forest along the Las Animas River in some of the most picturesque regions of the Rocky Mountains, climbing to the historic mining community of Silverton at 9,300 feet in elevation.
Member: NTA, ASTA, TRAINS
Attraction Type: Railroad/Train
Seasonal Dates: Open year round.
Seasonal Hours: Silverton Round trip (May-Oct), Cascade Canyon (Nov-Early May). Up to 4 trains daily in the summer.
Bus Parking: Yes
Nearby Attractions that Influence Group Travel:
- Mesa Verde National Park
Durango & Silverton Railroad