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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

What came first, the train or the town? In the case of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, it was the train that made the town. The Denver & Rio Grande Railway founded Durango in 1880 after nearby Animas City refused the train line's offer.

Aboard the train's original coal-powered steam engines, guests climb nearly 3,000 feet in elevation during its 45-mile course between Durango and Silverton. These 1923 to 1925 steam trains have been lovingly restored to provide a comfortable rail experience and include large picture windows, bathrooms, and concessions. The cars are heated during the winter months. Guests can also venture out onto the open-air gondolas to get an up-close look at the awe-inspiring scenery that encompasses this mountainous region.

All Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad passengers are treated to stunning views regardless of the service class they select. As one of the United States' last remaining narrow-gauge rail lines - operating on tracks that are just 3-feet wide - this railway navigates tight curves and negotiates steep mountainscapes with ease. The scenic journey is made at a leisurely pace of merely 20 miles per hour, offering ample chances for incredible photos during the 3 1/2-hour route.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad only travels the full 45-mile course from May to October, passing by Rockwood Station and Cascade Station en route to Silverton. From November to May, the train follows a condensed route of 26 miles between Durango and the Cascade Station during the winter months. Even the abbreviated version of this journey is truly memorable - especially when cloaked in a layer of snow.

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5 stars
“Generally excellent. Some places had a food desert . Trains all excellent. Need to warn people about the altitude sickness.
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BETTY PAUL
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“Beautiful scenery and great service!
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31 Oct 2023
JONI TRUMP
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“The trip was awesome. The Travel Guide Ed and our Driver Ron were wonderful. I went as a single and met really nice and friendly people. The parks we visited and the scenery out west was just spectacular. I give it only a 4 because the overnight train ride from Chicago to Denver was rough. Amtrack doesn't really invest in their trains and the tracks are owned by the freight companies. The full day train ride from Denver to Grand Junction was really nice. I really enjoyed the Balloon festival. I would definitely travel with this company again.
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