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EXPLORE AMERICA: Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

All aboard the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad! Stops include memories from favorite movies such as Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid, Around the World in 80 Days and experiencing what it must have been like to be a miner in the 1880s in Colorado. Amazing scenery abounds as you ride the twists and turns of this train as it climbs into the San Juan Mountains. You can let your imagination wander to a time of saloons, outlaws and gold mining, a time when this railroad hauled gold and silver ore along with the passengers. Today, gazing out the window you might catch a glimpse a prairie dog or two and watch a mule deer peaking out at you from the bushes. And the scenery—it’s worth a second mention. Travel on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a truly spectacular way to see alpine lakes, forests, and deep ravines leading straight down to the Animas River.

The Railroad is completely set up for leisure travel. It has a concession car for quick snacks and beverages and an open-air gondola so passengers can really experience the mountains and fresh air. The train travels three to four hours from Durango to Silverton. Once in Silverton, there are many sites to see as well as places to have lunch and explore. Passengers then have the option to take a 1 ½ hour bus trip back to Durango or return on the train.

Catch the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad from 479 Main Avenue in Durango, Colorado. Telephone 970-247-2733. http://www.durangotrain.com/

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  1. Box Canyon Lodge

    Mike is right, Ouray isn’t too far from Silverton, a mere 23 miles over the Million Dollar highway through some incredibly breath taking scenery. The San Juan Mountains are just beautiful, some of the very best in the state for sure.

    Also, when in Durango, don’t miss Mesa Verde National Park, a national treasure that is worth a stop for sure.


  2. Mike's Road Trip

    If you go to Silverton, Euray is not much farther and really worth the trip. If you go, check out the Box Canyon…really cool. http://www.mikesroadtrip.com/box-canyon-lodge/