Ride the historic
Save money on your accommodations, train tickets and fun activities when you reserve one of our train vacation packages. We’ve partnered with area lodging and activity providers to offer you discounts on things to do and places to stay in Southwest Colorado. All our vacation packages showcase the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Combine a historic train ride with a tour of Mesa Verde in our Ruins & Rails package, or a go off-roading in our Trails & Rails package. No matter what your age or interest, we’ve got an itinerary for you. Our simple Historic Train & Lodging Package combines a train trip and night’s stay at area hotel.
Experience the pristine backcountry of the San Juan Mountains as you travel from Durango, Colorado to historic Silverton, Colorado aboard one of the last surviving narrow gauge railroads. ‘This journey departs from Durango and is available over 300 days a year. The route varies depending on the time of year, offering both winter and summer excursions, and there are different classes of service and car types available for your trip.
Durango Area Lodging
The Colorado towns of Durango and Silverton offer many lodging options and locations to suit every need and budget. Choose from hotels, motels, condominiums, vacation homes, B&B Inns, and cabins.VIEW Lodging
Whether you like to explore the arts and culture, take part in an adventurous activity, or want to soak in the natural beauty of the mountains, Southwest Colorado is the perfect, year-round vacation destination. Check out all there is to see and do in this beautiful, diverse area.
On-Board the Durango Train!
The Durango & Silverton Train has been one of the Southwest’s most sought-after tourist attractions for over 130 years – since 1882! Today, it remains Durango’s premier attraction as visitors come from around the world for the unique opportunity to enjoy one of Colorado’s most scenic excursions.
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The Summer Train
The summer schedule offers daily, round-trip service from Durango to Silverton with the option to ride back on the train that afternoon. Visitors also can upgrade to a bus return for a scenic drive over the San Juan Skyway aboard a comfortable motor-coach bus. There are between one and three departure times depending on the date.
Plan for a full day for your train ride – the standard round-trip excursion is 3 1/2 hours each way with a 2-hour layover in Silverton, giving guests time to have lunch on their own and visit the shops in historic downtown Silverton. Train Up / Bus Return trips take approximately 2 hours off of the return time. Bus Up / Train Back trips depart later in the morning from Durango.
The Winter Train
In winter, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad runs a special Cascade Canyon excursion, which takes visitors to the beautiful Cascade Canyon Wye short-stop, about half-way to Silverton. This runs round-trip on a varied winter schedule – departing at 9:45am from the Durango Depot and returning at approximately 2:45pm with a 55-minute layover in the forest at the Cascade Canyon Wye. The winter train runs on a varied scheduled from November to early May.
Special Train Events
Throughout the year, there are lots of Special Train events – some geared towards the kiddos like the The Polar Express™, PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express, the Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express and more! For adults seeking a fun, unique train ride, don’t miss the Valentine’s Day Train, Durango Brew Train, Wine Train, and the Christmas Tree Train, to name just a few. Check out all the fun special train rides and pick one or two.
Discounted Train Packages
Reserve your lodging and train tickets together and add optional discounted activities for time-saving convenience and value with our popular Train Packages. Combine a train ride with year-round adventures like a Mesa Verde tour, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, a 4×4 rental or tour, or skiing at Purgatory Resort.
Have questions or want assistance in personalizing your journey? Speak with a friendly, local travel consultant at 866-675-6900.