Durango & Silverton Railroad

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a scenic and relaxing 45.2 mile trip between Durango and Silverton in Colorado.

Durango & Silverton Railroad

A train ride sounded like a fun end to our trip in Durango so we stopped by the train station to get more details. We were told it was like going back in time on a coal fired and steam powered narrow gauge train. And luckily the peak colors were happening now!

We heard enough so we booked two tickets for the Open Air Gondola Roundtrip for $95 per person. The trip is 3 1/2 hours each way plus 2 hours in Silverton. We were booking a Gondola near the back of the train. Told this would give us really nice views of the engine as it winds through the mountains.

Getting Here

D&SNG Parking Lot is located at 209 W. College Drive next to the rail yard at the corner of U.S. Highway 550 and College Drive, just west of the McDonald’s restaurant

Parking

Parking was simple but best to arrive early just in case. We parked in the D&SNGRR Parking Lot next to McDonald’s. We were charged $8.00 for our car. It was $10 for vehicles using more than one space. The parking lot is very big!

Waiting to Board

We arrived on time but had to wait at least 30 minutes before we were allowed to board. Time for photos.

Boarding

Show your ticket to someone working at the station and they direct you to your train car. We were in the Open Gondola. Since the car is open, it’s colder but the view is well worth it and allows you to easily lean out for photos. People from the closed cars kept trying to sneak into ours.

Off We Go…

This is going to be fun.

Scenic View of the Train

The Open Gondola provided us an amazing view of the train at this location.

Never Ending Scenery

Crazy Woman Creek?

We aren’t sure how this area got it’s name but I’m sure it’s an interesting story.

Food and Drinks

Couple photos of the food and drink signs on the train.

Scenery Everywhere

Bathroom

Not much to say but it’s small.

Entering Silverton

We are getting close to Silverton now. It’s a former silver mining camp with some mining areas still visible. Most of the area is a federally designated National Historic Landmark District.

Arrived in Silverton

Now time to walk around and see the town and have lunch and drinks.

Leaving Silverton

Time for the final 3 1/2 hour trip to Durango.

Final Thoughts

This train ride was absolutely amazing! We had a great time relaxing on the train, taking pictures, and just taking in the sights and sounds. The Open Gondola is assigned bench seating and everyone was very close but everyone was very friendly. We would do this again without hesitation!

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  1. Tom Gross

    Amazing photos! I’ve wanted to take that trip for years, and have never gotten around to it. I’ll certainly be doing it when things open back up. Thanks!