The City of Durango was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881, and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. By July of 1882 (amazingly, only 9 months after construction began), the tracks to Silverton were completed and the train began hauling both freight and passengers.
The line was constructed to haul silver & gold ore from the San Juan Mountains, but passengers soon realized it was the view that was truly precious.
This historic train has been in continuous operation for 129 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line.
Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on-board the Durango & Silverton Railway.
There is no better way to experience the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad than by booking an affordable travel package, which includes rail fare, lodging and possibly a meal or two. Tours can be customized to include additional nights in Durango and/or Silverton.
Travel a century-old rail line from Durango Colorado to the historic gold mining town of Silverton over the most scenic narrow gauge railroad in North America. Daily departures from May through October. Reservations are REQUIRED!
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Rail News & Updates
There's nothing like a train ride on the Durango and Silverton line! But with Fall space already at a premium, now is the time to book all your Summer and Fall season aventures, so book now for the best seating on the train.