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 – August) 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 shorter 2-hour train ride. Check schedule for available days (Monday through Wednesday, but also some Thursdays during peak season)
- 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 / Bus 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.
Bus / 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 May 20 – October 12.
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.
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)
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
The 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.