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, travels along a section of the San Juan Skyway traversing over Molas & Coal Bank passes, past Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, the Hermosa Valley, and back into historic Durango.
The route to Silverton aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is an unforgettable journey along the spectacular Animas River gorge. The Animas River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the entire 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 mountain and 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 snowmelt runoff in June, before returning again in September to a fairly low flow. The train crosses the river five times on its journey to Silverton, offering spectacular views from both sides of the train of the remote and rugged canyon.
You will pass fertile farmlands, old stagecoach roads, the breathtaking "Highline", the remote Tacoma Power Plant, old mining camps, and be dwarfed by 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 that the surrounding mountains hold.
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 worth of gold and silver drawn from the hard rock 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 as the temperature can really fluctuate.
Seat width in Standard class is equal to the industry standard of an economy class airplane seat.
Extra space seating is available for an additional charge. Please talk to Sandy regarding these options.