Vacationing in the mountain town of Durango, Colorado, is truly a trip like no other; outdoor recreation, historical sites, and numerous other attractions make it one of the best destinations in the country.  Although there are countless Durango, CO, points of interest, one of the most beloved is the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.  Learn all about the many unique features and attributes that make this train so impressive and buy your tickets to take a ride today!

4 Reasons Why You’ll Love the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

  1. Fascinating History

This train didn’t always carry passengers only; back when it was established in 1882, it was used to haul silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains, along with people who wanted to ride along for the spectacular views.  Ever since its creation, the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been in constant use and is still going strong today!  Still operated out of its original depot, this train still possesses its authentic equipment from its beginnings.

  1. Beautiful Sights

You’ll receive the opportunity to see the great state of Colorado at its finest when you take a ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.  During the warmer months, usually May through October, your route will stretch each way through about 45 miles of stunning scenery; during the winter months, the trip is slightly shortened to 26-mile route each way.  During your trip, you can gaze out the passenger windows to admire stunning views of the magnificent Animas River and countless towering mountain peaks.  Historical sites can be spotted along this journey as well; keep your eyes peeled for old stagecoach roads and long-abandoned mining camps.  You might even catch a glimpse of some of Colorado’s abundant wildlife during this ride as well, such as a black bear, moose, mountain lion, or bighorn sheep.

  1. Entertaining Events

This train offers a variety of festivities to provide high-quality entertainment for each and every passenger.  One of the most popular events is the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Polar Express, where kids can re-live all the magic of the Polar Express world through hot chocolate, visits with elves, and much more.  The Durango Wine and Rails event is popular amongst wine lovers, and brew enthusiasts will love trying a variety of local beers during the Durango Brew Train.

  1. Amazing Adventures

If you book a ride with the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, you can also choose to explore some of the incredible surrounding wilderness areas!  Allow this train to transport you to some of Colorado’s finest outdoor experiences, including the gorgeous San Juan National Forest, which contains some of the best hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and fishing, and the Weminuche Wilderness area, the largest of its kind in the entire state that boasts breathtaking beauty and thriving wildlife.
To learn even more about this intriguing town and its environment, make sure to stop by the Durango Discovery Museum during your stay in Durango, CO!

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Make your getaway to Durango a complete success by staying in the best lodging in Colorado!  Durango Colorado Vacations offers luxurious penthouses, villas, lofts, cabins, and apartments all throughout this gorgeous area.  Each property is fully equipped with the finest amenities and features, such as fireplaces, hot tubs, outdoor decks, BBQ grills, and more.  They all are located within a short distance of exciting Durango attractions, both outdoor and indoor.  Don’t miss your chance to have the greatest vacation ever; check our availability and book one of our fantastic rentals today!
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