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 130+ 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.
Given the trains tend to book up months early, we highly recommend locking in your reservations as soon as possible by clicking this link.