All aboard! The holidays will be here before you know it so it’s time to start planning your winter vacation to Durango, CO. Make sure you book your ticket for the most exciting ride of the year: The Polar Express in Durango. This holiday adventure includes hot chocolate, a live reenactment of this incredible story, and even a special appearance of the Jolly Old Elf himself! This is a fantastic tradition in the area and one that you and your family will not want to miss!
While you’re in town for the Polar Express in Durango, take advantage of the great restaurants, art galleries, and museums in the area! Click here and get the best local recommendations. Spend less time planning your stay in Durango and more time enjoying it with our free Vacation Guide!

What You Need to Know about the Polar Express in Durango

Every year, one of the trains from Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum is transformed into the famous train from the award-winning book by Chris van Allsburg and the iconic 2003 movie starring Tom Hanks, The Polar Express. The train runs from mid-November to the beginning of January. Make sure to reserve your ticket ahead of time as the rides frequently sell out! Choose from the coach, deluxe, and first class sections. If you have a large group, make sure you book early to guarantee your group stays together.

Take a Trip Through the Winter Wonderland

During the 1½-hour train ride for all ages, you’ll delight in the holiday cheer as you chug through the San Juan mountains en route to the North Pole! Sit back and relax as elves read The Polar Express aloud over the train’s sound system and show pictures from the book in the aisles. Sip hot chocolate, cozy up with loved ones and enjoy the gentle rocking rhythm of the train car.
As you approach the North Pole, the lights in the train begin to dim. Then, Santa makes his grand entrance and passes out small gifts for all those who believe! We bet that you will still be singing the Christmas carols as you exit the train back in Durango. Just be sure to bring your camera so you can relive the memories for years to come.

Ride a Piece of History

The Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been chugging along since 1882. With over 130 years of track record, the Durango to Silverton excursion is world-famous. Historic steam engines transport you to the dusty era of the Old West in mining country. Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery as you wind your way through gorgeous San Juan Mountain backcountry. In the winter, snowy peaks will amaze your imagination while you ride a piece of history through the wintry wonderland.

Make it a Holiday Getaway!

Before you purchase your tickets to the Polar Express in Durango, make sure to book your stay in a home from Durango Colorado Vacations! We have an incredible selection of homes, from small cabins to large estates. If you’re traveling with your family, consider booking Deer Trail. This is a gorgeous mountain vacation home nestled in the woods. It’s just 10 minutes from bustling downtown Durango, with all of its incredible restaurants, shops, museums, and art galleries. This spacious four-bedroom, two-bathroom home comes with a fully equipped kitchen, a large dining area, and luxuriously furnished bedrooms.
Browse the rest of our rentals and book your stay today! We look forward to having you!