Choo-choo, All aboard the Durango and Silverton Railroad; An unforgettable ride from Durango, Colorado to Silverton, Colorado with spectacular views of the wilderness, canyons, and San Juan Mountains along the way. 

But the view isn’t the only thing that sets these train rides apart from others.

It’s a historic train track that has been in continuous operation since July 1882.  It carries passengers and freight and travels the very same tracks early settlers from the Old West did centuries ago. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live as a real-life John Wayne- minus the stand-offs- here’s your chance.

front building view of the Durango and Silverton Railroad

Durango and Silverton Railroad ©oscity / Big Stock Photo


If you’re interested in an extra history lesson, you can sign on for a tour. Learn more about historical mining and the backroads of San Juan country. Or, take a detour into Mesa Verde National Park. You can also choose to get off the ride midway for a rafting adventure or head into town for shopping, dining, and lodging. 

EVENTSDurango and Silverton Railroad train on the tracks

For a unique visit, keep an eye on the upcoming events page for exciting new ways to experience the train ride. 

If you’re celebrating a birthday, holiday or anniversary- and even if you’re not- join an event. 

You might see something like a Blues Train ride, where visitors dance and enjoy each others company alongside a live Blues Band onboard. Or, a Brew Train ride, where different craft breweries sample some of their best appetizers and hops for train goers. What about a Cowboy Poetry train ride where, you guessed it, cowboys read their poetry aloud. Who wants to miss that?


The outside of the Durango and Silverton Railroad

Durango and Silverton Railroad ©oscity / Big Stock Photo

 In addition to uncovering the history of the Durango and Silverton tracks, learn about all things trains, planes, and automobiles related here at this 12,000 square foot museum created in 1998. It showcases railroading and mining artifacts from over the years, and new exhibits are often added. 

Speak to the knowledgeable museum staff about the area’s history, look at the train models on display, and find out how young children can take an exclusive guided tour of the facility. 

Don’t leave without seeing the “Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid” movie prop on the property.


Ready to book your tickets and climb aboard this steam-powered locomotive for a ride like never before? Click here to look at the hours of operation, and different train schedules.

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