Durango Silverton Train

Originally an extension of the Denver Rio Grande Railroad, the stretch between Durango and Silverton began construction in the fall of 1881. Shockingly, the 50+ mile line to Silverton was completed the summer of 1882, less than 1 year overall. The train then worked to both transport passengers to and from Silverton and also hauled ore containing precious metals back to Durango. An estimated $300 million worth of ore was transported on this line.

Today the Durango Silverton Train, now disconnected from the Denver Rio Grande line, serves as a historic scenic ride through the San Juan Mountains along the Animas River. This is truly a unique trip as the train still uses original coal-powered steam engine locomotives. There are many options for riding including round-trip tickets, one-way tickets with a scenic bus return trip, and packages for a full day of adventure.

Train Tickets

The train runs daily from May 6 – October 31. There are different departure times and car options depending on the date. A one-way ride on the train is 3.5 hours long so we recommend looking at the bus options or adventure packages to fill out your day. Learn more about the Durango Silverton Train.

Train – Rafting Package

Combine two of Durango’s most popular activities in a single day! Take a fun raft trip on the Animas River through Durango in the morning, ride the scenic shuttle over two mountain passes to the small historic town of Silverton, eat lunch and explore the town, board the train for a memorable ride back to Durango. Learn more about the Durango Raft Train Packages offered by Mountain Waters Rafting.

Mesa Verde Information

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Park Alerts

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Durango Silverton Train April 14, 2017