The D&SNGRR travels 45.4 miles each way along the Animas River from Durango to Silverton during the summer season May through October. The return trip via deluxe coach-bus, will travel along the San Juan Skyway over Molas & Coal Bank passes, past Durango Mountain Resort, the Hermosa Valley, and into Durango.
The route to Silverton aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is an unforgettable journey along the spectacular Animas River. The Animas River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the entire western United States. The route along the Animas, which begins high in the San Juan Mountains and ends in a confluence with the San Juan River in New Mexico, boasts some of Colorado's most striking canyon scenery.
Throughout the season, the river will rise from around 400 c.f.s (cubic feet per second) in April, to over 6,000 c.f.s at peak snow melt runoff in June, and returns to lower flows in September.
The train will cross the river five times on its journey to Silverton, offering spectacular views from both sides of the train.
You will pass fertile farmlands, old stagecoach roads, the breathtaking "Highline", the remote Tacoma Power Plant, old mining camps, and be in the shadow of peaks reaching over 14,000 feet, often with year-round snow!
Secluded in a mountain valley at an elevation of 9,318 feet, the town of Silverton came into existence because of the rich treasures of the surrounding mountains.
Though there are no longer any operating mines, the mining legacy pervades every aspect of the town, as a visit will show. It is a legacy that glitters in Silverton's elaborate Victorian-era architecture, reflecting the millions of dollars drawn from the earth during the mining boom of the late 1800's to early 1900's.
Travel in an open-air gondola and be even closer to the sights and sounds of this historic adventure.
Bench-style seating accommodates three across. Because of the changing mountain climate and the increase in elevation from Durango to Silverton, we strongly encourage you to dress in layers of clothing.
Seat width in Standard class is equal to the industry standard of an economy class plane seat.
Extra space seating is available for an additional charge. Please talk to Sandy regarding these options.