Durango Winter Train Excursions

The Durango & Silverton Railroad - Winter Excursions - Photo by Yvonne Lashmett

Winter 2016 - 2017 Train Info and Rates

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Relive history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a truly spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the old west took over a century ago. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad winds through spectacular & breath-taking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest for an unforgettable year round adventure.


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2016 - 2017 Cascade Canyon Winter Train Schedule

Cascade Canyon Winter Train Schedule:

Dates of Service Departs Durango Arrives Cascade Departs Cascade Arrives Durango
November 23 -
May 5
9:45 a.m. 11:50 a.m. 12:45 p.m. 2:45 p.m.

Days of Operation:
11/23/16 - 11/27/16 - Daily (Closed 11/24 for Thanksgiving Day)
12/02/16 - 12/04/16 - Friday, Saturday & Sunday Only
12/09/16 - 12/11/16 - Friday, Saturday & Sunday Only
12/16/16 - 12/31/16 - Daily (Closed 12/25 for Christmas Day)
01/01/17 - 02/28/17 - Thursday, Friday & Saturday Only
03/02/17 - 03/04/17 - Thursday, Friday & Saturday Only
03/08/17 - 04/01/17 - Daily
04/05/17 - 04/08/17 - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday Only
04/12/17 - 04/30/17 - Daily (Monday - Saturday)
05/01/17 - 05/05/17 - Daily (Monday - Friday)
05/06/17 Durango & Silverton Summer Train BEGINS!

Cascade Canyon Winter Train Fares:

Car Type Adult Child
Standard-Class Coach (all ages) $62* $36*
First-Class Knight Sky (age 12+ only) $104* NA
First-Class Cinco Animas (ages 21+ only)** $104* NA
First-Class Alamosa Parlor Car (ages 21+ only)** $104* NA
First-Class Yankee Girl (age 21+ only)** $104* NA
Family First-Class Prospector (all ages)** $104* $62*
Family Deluxe-Class San Juan Car (all ages)** $83* $62*
*Fares subject to 7% Historic Preservation Fee
**Not available every day

Elegant Private Cars For a once in a lifetime experience, charter an elegant 1880's coach. These classic vintage cars will be pulled behind one of the regularly scheduled trains for a very special experience. All Private Cars are rented exclusively to the booking party. Each car is connected to the end of the train and there is no walk-through traffic. These cars are chartered based on availability of the specific car and train availability. The Cascade Canyon Winter Excursion has varying availability for certain car types. Typically, there will be Coach Class, Deluxe Class and First Class cars available, but individual cars may vary depending on the dates of travel. To view the car layouts, you can visit the Train Cars page here.

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All Aboard The Polar Express™ in Durango. The Next Stop - The North Pole!

The Durango Polar Express Train Ride

Inspired by the award winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, and the run-away hit movie starring Tom Hanks, this classic holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a magical round trip journey to the North Pole aboard the historic Durango and Silverton Train.

This holiday ride is fun for the entire family and kids of all ages. All are encouraged to wear their pajamas to help bring the magic of the Polar Express™ story to life. "All Aboard" says the conductor, as your train ride to the North Pole begins. As the Polar Express leaves the depot, concessionaires (dressed in chefs' coats and hats) will begin serving hot chocolate and cookies. The Polar Express is read over the sound system and Santa's helpers walk up and down the aisle with the book, turning the pages and showing everyone the pictures.

The story finishes just as you arrive at the North Pole. The lights dim, and an announcement is made to start watching for Santa. The North Pole will be lit with thousands of Christmas lights, and Santa and his helpers will be there waving at the Polar Express™ as it pulls in. Santa greets the children. And, for those who believe, he has a special gift - just like in the story. While Santa is moving through the cars, a song leader in each car will pass out song books and leads the group in Christmas Carols on the return trip back to the Durango Train Depot.

Call us today to be added to our "Wait List" for 2017/2018 Polar Express Tickets. We will call you as soon as information, fares, and tickets are available.

Classes of train seating to choose from:

Standard Class–
An enclosed vintage coach will transport you to the North Pole in style. This car is configured like a bus with a an aisle down the middle and bench-style, cushioned seats, facing forward towards the front of the train. Each seat fits 2 people, and the standard vintage coach can seat up 42 passengers. Passengers will receive hot chocolate, a treat from the “chefs” on the train, and the first gift of Christmas from Santa.

Deluxe Class Seating –
The San Juan deluxe coach features comfortable seating that allows for groups to flip their seats in order to face each to share in the merriment of Christmas. With deluxe class, passengers will receive a ceramic Polar Express souvenir mug to sip your hot chocolate as you sing Christmas Carols. Just like standard class each person will receive, hot chocolate, a treat, and the first gift of Christmas from Santa.

First Class –
These cars feature comfortable table and chair style seating with plenty of leg room for up to 24 passengers. Choose from the “Prospector,” “Alamosa,” or “Yankee Girl,” that are remodeled historic first-class cars from the 1800’s and specially decorated for Christmas. First class passengers will receive a special souvenir, a ceramic Polar Express mug, hot chocolate, a treat, and the first gift of Christmas from Santa.

Groups can also charter a private car. Simply call 866-675-6900 and dial ext. 303 for our groups coordinator.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 2016/2017 Ticket Prices:

Polar Express 2016 Ticket Prices

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 2016/2017 Schedule:

The POLAR EXPRESS 2016 Schedule