For 140 years, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been transporting passengers through the remote, scenic wilderness and high-mountain landscape of the San Juan National Forest.
A National Historic Landmark and one of the most popular heritage railroads in North America, the train offers a unique, affordable, family-friendly travel experience that combines Colorado's colorful pioneering and mining histories with unparalleled backcountry beauty.
Listen to the steel wheels sing as you venture alongside the rushing waters of the Animas River and amid the towering peaks of the San Juan Mountains to beautiful Cascade Canyon or the historic mining town of Silverton. Operating year-round, the Durango Train is a wonderful way to witness the changing of the seasons, learn about the rich history of Durango and the state’s railroading industry, and experience the dramatic alpine landscapes of southwest Colorado.
In the late fall, winter and early spring, the train travels to and from Cascade Canyon, which lies two and a half hours from its depot in historic downtown Durango. From early May through the end of October, the railroad transports passengers to and from Silverton, a visit that's like stepping back in time to the days of the Wild West — and when gold and silver mining in the area was at its zenith.
While you’re at the depot, don’t forget to visit the D&SNGRR Museum, a 12,000-square-foot facility situated in the railyard that houses a carefully curated collection of artifacts and exhibits that paint a picture of Colorado’s rich railroading and mining histories. Even more interesting, the D&SNGRR Museum sits in the railroad’s roundhouse, the only one of its kind in the world to house narrow-gauge steam locomotives.
Through April 30, 2021, the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am–4pm. Beginning May 1, the museum is open during the same time seven days a week; and starting May 22, hours expand from 7am to 7pm every day of the week. Admission is always free.