Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango - silverton rail road

Follow in the tracks of Old West cowboys and miners on an amazing scenic journey winding through breath-taking canyons and dense forests, frozen waterfalls and snow-capped peaks and the remote wilderness of the San Juan National Forest. History and nature at its best go hand in hand to forge an unforgettable experience on Durango’s most famed attraction, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

As the whistle blows, passengers embark on a 45-mile round trip from Durango, along the Animas River, to the historic mining town of Silverton. The 1923-1925 steam powered vintage locomotives chug along the tracks with spectacular views from every seat in the carriage. Relive history in the Deluxe Class Historic Narration Coach as narrators in period clothing tell tales of yesteryear, explore the storybook mining village of Silverton, a National Historic Landmark and grab a bite to eat before embarking on your return journey to Durango.

Deep Historical Roots

The Denver & Rio Grande Railway arrived in Durango in 1881 and by 1882 the tracks to Silverton were completed. Originally constructed to haul gold and silver from the San Juan Mountains, the railroad was always promoted as a scenic route for passengers, even more so with Mesa Verde being designated a National Park in 1906 and an increase in tourism in the area. Despite many challenges over the years, the railroad found its fame and went on to feature in some of Hollywood’s finest films such as Ticket to Tomahawk, Across the Wide Missouri, Denver & Rio Grande, Viva Zapata, Around the World in 80 Days and later in the filming of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The 1960’s saw the railroad being registered as a National Historic Landmark and awarded as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark!

An Unforgettable Year-Round Adventure

Experience the best of our beautiful town and surroundings on what to many is the highlight of their visit to Durango. Through summer sun, spring wildflowers, winter snow and fall colors, the train chugs along with great adventure packages and fun events bringing smiles to the faces of our visitors year-round.