Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has suspended its spring/summer service through June 8, 2020.  The D&SNG Railroad is working on a revised schedule that will offer limited excursions into the San Juan National Forest with steam and diesel operations, as it is expected that services will not be offered all the way to Silverton throughout June and possibly July. 

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The most recently published fares and schedules for the Durango and Silverton Railroad are listed below.

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Durango & Silverton Railroad Excursions

Depending on the time of year, there are different train rides, excursions, and train cars to choose from:

Summer / Fall Durango & Silverton Train:

(May – October) For a historic step back in time, ride the coal-fired, steam-powered narrow-gauge train about 45.4 miles each way from Durango, CO to Silverton, CO. Trains depart Durango in the morning and depart Silverton in the afternoon for the return trip back to Durango. You can depart from either town, although departing from Durango is most popular.

Cascade Canyon Excursions

Although these train rides run on the same narrow-gauge railroad track as the Durango to Silverton full ride, these round-trip Cascade Canyon Excursions are shorter and do not go all the way to Silverton. You will enjoy incredible scenery of the steep mountain canyons, high mountain curves, and the pristine San Juan National Forest.

  • Summer Cascade Canyon Express: (June 15th – August 12th) Departing from the Rockwood Station (about 17 mi. north of Durango), this diesel-engine train (not a coal-fired engine) is perfect for young families or folks looking for an incredibly scenic, but a shorter 2-hour train ride. Check schedule for available days (Monday through Wednesday only).
  • Winter/Spring Cascade Canyon Train: (November – May) Departing from the Durango Station, this coal-fired, 5-hour round-trip train ride takes you through the wintry San Juan Mountains. Enjoy a fire-side lunch and walk along the Animas River. Bring lunch or pre-order a boxed lunch.

There are many ways to ride the scenic, historic Durango & Silverton Railroad. Hopefully, this will help you narrow down the best excursion that is just right for you.

Round Trip Train Ride:

Ride the train to Silverton, CO, and back to Durango, CO, round trip. Each leg of the journey is 3.5 hours with about a 2-hour layover in Silverton for lunch, shopping and exploring the town (about 9 hours total).

Train / Skyway Bus Tour Combo:

Shorten your day by riding the train to Silverton in the morning and return to Durango earlier in the afternoon by motor coach bus. There is an additional $20 fee per passenger for bus seats if riding standard or deluxe class of service on the train. First-class passengers do not pay fee for bus seats.

Skyway Bus Tour / Train Combo:

Ride the motor coach bus to Silverton later in the morning and return to Durango by train in the afternoon. There is an additional $20 fee per passenger for bus seats if riding standard or deluxe class of service on the train. First-class passengers do not pay fee for bus seats.

One-Way Train Ride:

A discounted one-way fare is available for standard class train service (closed vintage coach or open-air gondola) for trains going from Silverton to Durango in the afternoon ONLY. One-way rides from Durango to Silverton cost the same as the round-trip fare.  No other form of the train’s transportation (bus / van service) may be used to qualify for the discounted one-way fare.

Silverton Silverlight Express:

Start your train ride in Silverton in the afternoon. Take a van shuttle service from Durango at 7PM and return to Silverton around 8:15PM.  Regular round trip train fares apply plus $30 per passenger van fee. Available end of May through mid-October.

Layover Train Rides:

You can ride the train one way, Durango to Silverton OR Silverton to Durango, and stay one or more nights in either town before taking your return train trip back to your original departing location. Speak with a travel consultant for more info and reservations, as layover packages cannot be booked online.

Train Packages:

Save time and money with one of our many train packages. Combine your train tickets with lodging or other activities for package discounts. Many lodging accommodations and/or activities to choose from to suit your budget, trip dates, and itinerary preferences.

Special Event Trains:

The D&SNG Railroad hosts many special event trains throughout the year, including (but not limited to):

Romance on the Rails (February)

Shamrock Express (March 17th)

Hops & Hops (April)

Mother’s Day Train (May)

Durango Brew Train (check website for dates)

Cowboy Poetry Train (October)

PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

The Polar Express™ (November – early January)

Christmas Tree Train (end November – December)

D&SNG Railroad Schedules & Fares

Authorized Train Ticket ResellerThe most recently published fares and schedules for the Durango and Silverton Railroad are listed below. Select the TAB of the Train Ride you are interested in.

Book online or call us at 866.675.6900 for updates, questions or help reserving your Durango Train tickets. We’re happy to help.

2020 Summer/Fall Schedule | Durango Train Roundtrip

(May 2nd to October 31st)

Dates Departs
Durango
Arrives
Silverton
Departs
Silverton
Arrives
Durango
May 2 – May 10 (one train daily) 8:45 am 12:15 pm 2:30 pm 6:00 pm
May 11 – June 7 (two trains daily) 8:00 am
8:45 am
11:30 am
12:15 pm
1:45 pm
2:30 pm
5:15 pm
6:00 pm
June 8 – August 6 (three trains daily) 8:00 am
8:45 am
9:30 am
11:30 am
12:15 pm
1:00 pm
1:45 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
5:15 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
August 7 – October 8 (two trains daily) 8:00 am
8:45 am
11:30 am
12:15 pm
1:45 pm
2:30 pm
5:15 pm
6:00 pm
October 9 – October 31 (one train daily) 8:45 am 12:15 pm 2:30 pm 6:00 pm

 

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**Please note: The train runs up to three excursions daily in the height of the summer season and reduces the number of excursions in spring and fall.

 

2020 Summer/Fall Durango Train OFF-PEAK Fares

May 2 – June 21; August 7 – September 3; September 28 – October 31 

Car Type

Adult

(Ages 12+)

Child

(Ages 4-11)

Standard Class (all ages) – Available on all trains

Closed Coach

Open-Air Gondola

$90

$95

$56

$61

Deluxe Class (Narrated Cars)

Historic Narration Car – (all ages) (standard closed coach) (8:00am Train May 11 to June 7 and Aug 7 to Oct 8) (9:30am Train June 8 – Aug 6)

San Juan Narrated Car – (ages 12+) (deluxe closed coach) (May 2 to Oct 31 – 8:45am Train Only)

 

$119

 

$153

 

$79

 

N/A

Deluxe Class (all ages)

Rio Grande Car – (deluxe open-air car) (June 8 to August 6 – 9:30am Train Only)

$139

$95

First Class (all ages)

Prospector Family Car – (June 8 to August 6 – 8:45am Train Only)

Knight Sky (ADULT & CHILD SAME PRICE) – (Running on the 8:45am Train May 2 to May 10 and Oct 9 to Oct 31 WITH WINDOWS). (Running on the 8:00am Train May 22 to Sept 10 with NO WINDOWS and Sept 25 to Oct 8 WITH WINDOWS). 

$189

 

$189

$109

 

$189

First Class (ages 12+)

Silver Vista – (May 11 to Sept 24 – 8:45 am Train Only)

$189

N/A

First Class (ages 21+)

Alamosa Parlor Car – (May 2 to Oct 31 – 8:45 am Train Only)

Yankee Girl – (9:30am Train June 8 to Aug 6 Monday thru Friday ONLY.) (8:45am train Sept 7 to Sept 24 daily).

 

$199

 

$189

 

N/A

 

N/A

Presidential Class (ages 21+)

Cinco Animas – (May 11 to Oct 8 – 8:00am Train Only)

$219

 

N/A

 

Note: All fares are subject to an 8% Historic Preservation Fee. Children under age 4 are free if seated on an adult’s lap. If a child under age 4 requires a seat, a child’s ticket must be purchased.

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2020 Summer/Fall Durango Train PEAK Fares

June 22 – August 6 and September 4 – 27

Car Type

Adult

(Ages 12+)

Child

(Ages 4-11)

Standard Class (all ages) – Available on all trains

Closed Coach

Open-Air Gondola

 

$95

$100

 

$61

$66

Deluxe Class (Narrated Cars)

Historic Narration Car – (all ages) (standard closed coach) (8:00am Train May 11 to June 7 and Aug 7 to Oct 8) (9:30am Train June 8 – Aug 6)

San Juan Narrated Car – (ages 12+) (deluxe closed coach) (May 2 to Oct 31 – 8:45am Train Only)

 

$124

 

$158

 

$84

 

N/A

Deluxe Class (all ages)

Rio Grande Car – (deluxe open-air car) (June 8 to August 6 – 9:30am Train Only)

$144

$100

First Class (all ages)

Prospector Family Car – (June 8 to August 6 – 8:45am Train Only)

Knight Sky (ADULT & CHILD SAME PRICE) – (Running on the 8:45am Train May 2 to May 10 and Oct 9 to Oct 31 WITH WINDOWS). (Running on the 8:00am Train May 22 to Sept 10 with NO WINDOWS and Sept 25 to Oct 8 WITH WINDOWS). 

 

$194

 

$194

 

$114

 

$194

First Class (ages 12+)

Silver Vista – (May 11 to Sept 24 – 8:45 am Train Only)

 

$194

 

N/A

First Class (ages 21+)

Alamosa Parlor Car – (May 2 to Oct 31 – 8:45 am Train Only)

Yankee Girl – (9:30am Train June 8 to Aug 6 Monday thru Friday ONLY.) (8:45am train Sept 7 to Sept 24 daily).

 

$204

 

$194

 

N/A

 

N/A

Presidential Class (ages 21+)

Cinco Animas – (May 11 to Oct 8 – 8:00am Train Only)

$224

 

N/A

 

Note: All fares are subject to an 8% Historic Preservation Fee.  Children under age 4 are free if seated on an adult’s lap.  If a child under age 4 requires a seat, a child’s ticket must be purchased.

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2020 Schedule | Train Up to Silverton / Bus Back to Durango

Dates Train Departs
Durango
Train Arrives
Silverton
Bus Departs
Silverton
Bus Arrives
Durango
May 2 – October 31 8:45 am 12:15 pm 3:00 pm 4:30 pm
May 11 – October 8 8:00 am 11:30 am 12:00 pm 1:30 pm
June 8 – August 6 9:30 am 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

To inquire about modifying the above train up/bus back schedule, please call 866.675.6900.

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2020 Schedule | Bus Up to Silverton / Train Back to Durango

Dates Bus Departs
Durango
Bus Arrives
Silverton
Train Departs
Silverton
Train Arrives
Durango
May 2 – October 31 10:15 am 11:45 am 2:30 pm 6:00 pm
May 11 – October 8 9:30 am 11:00 am 1:45 pm 5:15 pm
June 8 – August 6 11:00 am 12:30 pm 3:00 pm 6:30 pm

To inquire about modifying the above bus up/train back schedule, please call 866.675.6900.

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Summer Cascade Canyon Express

Summer Cascade Canyon Express From Rockwood

June 15th – August 12th (Monday through Wednesday Only)

 

Morning Schedule:  Departs Rockwood Station at 11:10am (boarding time 10:55am), Returns to Rockwood Station at 1:00pm

 

Afternoon Schedule:  Departs Rockwood Station at 1:40pm (boarding time 1:25pm), Returns to Rockwood Station at 3:30pm

 

The Summer Cascade Canyon Express, which departs from the Rockwood Station just north of Durango, is an unforgettable diesel train excursion. It offers iconic canyon views, a shorter ride, and costs less than the Durango to Silverton full-day train trip. It’s the perfect ride for families with kids, late risers, or those on a tight schedule.

This fun train ride winds through the San Juan National Forest, offering incredible, jaw-dropping scenery of the Highline and Rockwood Gorge, the Animas River, steep mountain canyons, and amazing geological highpoints.

You will board the train at the Rockwood Station (about 17 miles north of Durango) for your one-hour journey to the Cascade Canyon, where the train will turn around and return to Rockwood.  There is NO layover at Cascade Canyon with this express ride.

There is no concession car on this express ride, so feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks (no large coolers, glass bottles, or alcohol, please).

Train Car Seating Options:

Vintage Coach Seating Chart

 

Historic Vintage Closed Coach: Aisle down the middle with seats that accommodate two people on either side. Seats face forward and train car has windows that open and close.

 

 

Open Air Gondola Seating Chart

 

Open-Air Gondola: Accommodates up to ten people per cushioned bench seat (seats face out towards the views. Side walls come up about half way, and there is a roof.)

 

 

Train Fares*:

Vintage Coach: Adult (ages 12+) $64 Child (ages 4-11) $40
Gondola: Adult (ages 12+) $69 Child (ages 4-11) $45

 

 

 

 

*All fares subject to 8% historic preservation fee. Children under age 4 ride free if not occupying a seat.

 

Parking at the Rockwood Station is an additional charge and must be purchased in advance due to limited space: ($5/car and $7/RV or bus)

Bus service to Rockwood from Durango and wilderness access will NOT be available for the Cascade Express Train.

 

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Rockwood Summer Brew Train

(2020 Schedule/Fares Not Published Yet– Call 866-675-6900 to be added to Wait List)

Running:  Saturdays Only in June, July, AugustSummer Cascade Canyon Express

June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10

ADULTS ONLY (Ages 21+) $139 + 8% historic preservation fee = $150.12pp

Includes beer tastings and catered lunch.

Departs Rockwood Station at 11:00am   /   Returns to Rockwood Station at 2:30pm

·         This new Rockwood Summer Brew Train will be a roundtrip train ride to the Cascade Canyon, departing from the Rockwood Station (about 17 miles north of Durango).

·         Same train tracks and same beautiful scenery as the D&S Train from Durango to Silverton – just a shorter ride.

·         This train will have a diesel engine, not a coal-fired engine.

·         Passengers can choose from either standard class cars: open-air gondola or closed vintage coach.

·         Passengers will drive to and park at the Rockwood Station. (Transportation from Durango to Rockwood and back is very limited and may be available for an additional $20pp (TBD). Advance purchase or parking pass or transportation is required).

The train ride to Cascade Canyon includes beer tastings from select Durango and regional craft brewers.  Passengers will de-board and have about one hour for a catered lunch and outdoor time at Cascade Canyon. (Craft brews and catered menu to be determined and may vary a bit for each individual event).

Train Car Seating Options:

Vintage Coach Seating ChartHistoric Vintage Closed Coach: Aisle down the middle with seats that accommodate two people on either side. Seats face forward and train car has windows that open and close.

 

 

Open Air Gondola Seating ChartOpen-Air Gondola: Accommodates up to ten people per bench seat (seats face out towards the views. Side walls come up about half way, and there is a roof.)

 

 

Parking at the Rockwood Station is an additional charge and must be purchased in advance due to limited space: ($5/car and $7/RV or bus)

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2019/2020 Cascade Canyon Winter Schedule | Train Roundtrip

Dates
Departs Durango
Arrives Cascade
Departs Cascade
Arrives Durango
November 25, 2019 through February 15, 2020 9:45 am 11:50 am 12:45 pm 2:45 pm
2019 / 2020 Days of Operation:

November: 25-27, 29-30 (Closed 11/28 for Thanksgiving Day)

December: 1, 7-8, 14-15, 19-24, 26-31 (Closed 12/25 for Christmas Day)

January: 1-4, 17-19, 31 

February:  1, 14-15 (Snowdown Balloon Ascension Train departs 8 AM on Sat., Feb. 1st)

March: 6-7, 9-21, 23-28

April: 1-4, 10-11, 17-18, 20-25, 27-30

May: 1

Daily service to Silverton begins Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Note: Not all train cars run on all days the train is running.

Fares*:

Car Type Adult Child
Standard-Class Coach (all ages) $69 $42
Standard-Class Historic Narration Coach (all ages) $89 $69
Deluxe-Class San Juan Car (with holiday narration) (all ages) $99 $74
First-Class Prospector (all ages) $119 $79
First-Class Knight Sky (all ages/same fare adult &child) $119 $119
First-Class Yankee Girl (adults 21+ only) $119 N/A
First-Class Alamosa Parlor (adults 21+ only) $119 N/A
Presidential Cinco Animas (adults 21+ only) $119 N/A

*NOTE: All train fares subject to 8% Historic Preservation Fee

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All Aboard Durango’s Polar Express™!

The Next Stop – The North Pole!

The Polar Express Movie Image

 

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.

The Polar Express holiday train ride has become a holiday tradition for many families! It’s 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 serve hot chocolate. The Polar Express story 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 Polar Express Chef

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 Christmas lights, and Santa and his helpers will be there waving at the Polar Express™ train as it pulls in. Santa greets the children in each of the train cars. And, for “those who believe,” he has a special gift (just like in the story). On your return journey back to the Durango Station, Christmas Carol songbooks are passed out for all to join in on a festive singalong.

Train Car Classes of Service:

Standard Class–
An enclosed vintage coach will transport you to the North Pole in style. This car is configured like a bus with an aisle down the middle and bench-style, cushioned seats, facing forward towards the front of the train. Each seat fits two people, and each 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–
The San Juan Deluxe Coach features comfortable seating. The backs of the seats can be flipped, which allows for groups of four to face one another to share in the merriment of the holiday season. Passengers receive a ceramic Polar Express souvenir mug. And, just like standard class each person will receive, hot chocolate, a treat, and the first gift of Christmas from Santa.

First Class –
These vintage train cars feature comfortable table and chair style seating with plenty of leg room and accommodate up to 24 passengers. Choose from the Prospector, Alamosa or Yankee Girl, which are remodeled historic cars from the 1800’s and 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.

Don’t Miss Out on the Polar Express!

Ask about a Polar Express Package for discounted lodging with your train tickets.

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2020/2021 Polar Express Schedule and Fares are NOT Published Yet. Please call 866-675-6900 to be put on WAIT LIST. 

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 2019/2020 Schedule:

2019 Polar Express Train Schedule

2019 Polar Express Train Fares

Don’t Miss Out on the Polar Express!

Ask about a Polar Express Package for discounted lodging with your train tickets.

Speak with a Local Travel Consultant Today.

Call 866.675.6900

Durango & Silverton Railroad  – Train Cars & Classes of Service

Choose between Coach, Deluxe, First Class and Presidential train cars. Each offers a unique experience on-board this historic coal-fired train.

Passengers on the Open Gondola Car

Open Gondola (Standard Class)

(All Ages) Enjoy the most unobstructed views in the open-air Gondola! Boasting bench style seating that faces out towards the views, it accommodates up to ten across, and with the open air sides, you are bound to enjoy the crisp mountain air. Due to our natural mountainous setting and changes in weather, dressing in layers is strongly encouraged.

Passengers aboard the Rio Grande Car

Rio Grande Open Observation Car (Deluxe Class)

(All Ages)  This is a roomy, family-friendly open-air observation gondola with a roof and no windows. This train car features comfortable and larger overstuffed seats that accommodate two people and face out towards the views. Passengers receive a complimentary souvenir mug to fill in the concession car.

First Class Car

Alamosa Parlor Car (First Class)

(Ages 21+) Built in 1881, the renowned Alamosa Parlor Car features table and chair lounge-style seating. This car is typically the last car on the train and offers an exclusive outdoor viewing platform off the back for its 24 passengers. Parlor Car includes a full cash bar, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, and private attendant to answer your questions.

First Class Car

Yankee Girl Parlor Car (First Class)

(Ages 21+)  The beautiful “Yankee Girl” train car has undergone a complete remodel focused on maintaining the old-fashioned flair of the 1880s, while providing the comfort and conveniences of the 21st century. Luxurious Victorian-Era touches include woodwork created from Mahogany, Oak and African Bird’s-eye Maple, custom wrought-iron scroll work, and a stamped-tin ceiling. Your private attendant will be there to answer questions, serve beverages and let you know when the best photo opportunities are coming!

Passengers on the Closed Coach Car

Vintage Closed Car (Standard Class)

(All Ages) The standard closed coach is available year-round. Enjoy the beautiful scenery on-board this historic car. Oversized windows open and close to provide a comfortable temperature while riding. Seat width is equal to the industry standard of an economy class plane seat.  Extra space seating is available for an additional charge.

Narrated Costumed Characters

Historic Narrated Coach (Deluxe Class)

(All Ages)  Enjoy the scenery of the San Juan National Forest in this family-friendly standard closed coach and learn about the area and the historic railroad from a costumed character as they tell stories of life in the 1880s and answer your questions. Each seat has an aisle and window seat and accommodates two people. The windows open and close and allow for great viewing of your beautiful surroundings.

The First Class Knight Sky Family Car Seating

Knight Sky Car (First Class)

(All Ages – One Price)  All ages can enjoy the amazing, panoramic views through the UV-protected glass paneled roof in this open-air, glass-domed car. You’ll enjoy the comfort of the extravagant, roomy, reclining, leather-trimmed seating and an outdoor viewing platform. This first-class car comes with an Attendant, a souvenir tote bag and mug, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages all day and a morning pastry. Operating windows are added to this car in the early and late season. Windows are removed during the summer months to enjoy the open-air experience.

The Presidential Class Cinco Animas Car - Parlor Seating

Cinco Animas Car (Presidential Class)

(Ages 21+) The Victorian splendor of a bygone era awaits you on board two of the most legendary and historic private cars to ever grace the narrow gauge rails. The Cinco Animas both offer two distinctively appointed seating options including Pullman and Parlor seating. A large outdoor viewing platform is exclusively available to those who choose this class as well as an attendant.

Passengers aboard the San Juan Car

San Juan Narration Car (Deluxe Class)

(Ages 12+)  Travel in comfort and style aboard a reconfigured version of the famous “San Juan.” This distinctive closed-vestibule coach from 1887 features roomy, reversible, overstuffed seating in a wide three-across arrangement. Passengers receive a complimentary souvenir mug to fill in the concession car.

Passengers Enjoy the Views from the Silver Vista Car

Silver Vista Car (First Class)

(Ages 12+) The Silver Vista offers magnificent overhead mountain views from this glass-domed roof observation car with UV protected glass. Oversized, comfortable seats offer the most legroom of any car on the line. A private outdoor viewing platform is also exclusive to this class. This first-class car comes with an Attendant, a souvenir tote bag and mug, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages all day and a morning pastry. This is an open-air car, so please be prepared for cooler mountain temperatures and possible changes in weather.

The Prospector First Class Car

Prospector Car (First Class)

(All Ages)  This first-class class car accepts passengers of all ages for families that want to enjoy the comfort and atmosphere of an upscale closed coach. This car features table and chair style seating, an attendant, and includes a souvenir mug and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages throughout the trip. The ceiling of the car also features an enlarged route map so you can follow the train’s progress along the route.

Private Chartered Car

Charter Cars

For your special event, you can charter a private train car for an unforgettable experience. All Private Cars are rented exclusively to the booking party. Each car is private and there is no walk-through traffic. These cars are chartered based on availability. Speak with a reservations agent at 970-403-0883 for details.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s Route Map

Durango Silverton Train Route Map

Download the PDF Route Map