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Durango Train

Connecting Durango, Colorado with the Victorian-era town of Silverton is the 1881 Narrow Gauge Railroad steam powered coal fired train. The train travels up along the Animas River, passes through ruggedly picturesque San Juan Forest and ends in Silverton, Colorado. The trip takes 9 hours, both ways; however, you may choose to spend the night in historic Silverton or you can return by bus the same day.

While in Durango, you will want to visit the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad Museum. Here you will find exhibits on steam trains, historic photos and railroad art. There are also restored railroad cars and a locomotive you can board.

While in Silverton, once called “the mining town that never quit”, you can go on a one hour guided tour at the Old Hundred Gold Mine (1-800-872-3009). Here you can see the various methods of hard rock mining. Also of interest is the San Juan County Historical Society Museum housed in an old 3-story jail. The museum has exhibits of mining and railroad form Silverton’s mining days.

479 Main Avenue, Durango
www.durangotrain.com


Photo Credits: Banner Photo by CW Bash ; Train in Snow by String Bass Dave ; Train near River by Cavalier & Co.