Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad voted the #1 train in 2021 and 2022 in the US. Running for 114 years riding the rails is truly a wild west adventure.


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We choose the open-air car and the round trip to Silverton. You will love the open air. So easy to see and feel the experience. Standing up or sitting, the views are right in front of you.

After traveling through the town of Durango, (whistle blaring), we are on our way to follow the Animas River into the wilderness.

Please don’t be late for your reservation, and don’t forget your camera, as I did both. However, we did make it on with only minutes to spare. I sadly used my iPhone. The iPhone takes great shots, yet I am old school and enjoy my camera.

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The steam engine train sways and rocks and took a little getting used to. Occasional loud sounds or jolts keep you in the present! So enthralled by the scenery, it is soon forgotten.

It is gorgeous canyons and a wonder that they actually built and rode this train a hundred-plus years ago in this rugged terrain.



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We’ve stopped a couple of times to add water for the steam engine from the original water towers. Then, another stop adding another engine to get us higher up the canyon, so now we have two engines.

We brought our hiking rain gear just in case, especially if you are in the Open Air car. > Rain Poncho

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Reaching higher elevations in the San Juan Mountains just gets more spectacular. Old mines and the discoloration of the rocks leave impressions of days long ago.

Nikon Trailblazer 8 x 25 Waterproof Binoculars – Perfect for our day on the train! Normally we take these with us hiking.

Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera – On my wish list!

Nathan Hydration Vest / Backpack – This is my go-to on all short hikes and tourist excursions.


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Arriving in the town of Silverton, known for its hard accessibility, is one of Colorado’s best mountain towns. Nothing has changed throughout the years, so truly the wild west. Except for cars and paved roads! Unique shops, lots of eateries, fudge, ice cream, and walking around keep us busy for the two-hour break. 

Found amazing onion rings at “High Noon”. Isn’t that what you do when you are a tourist, eat junk food? 


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More scenic views and hundreds of photos later, we are back in Durango and loved our day on the Narrow Gauge. 


Bring layers for possible weather changes.

You can bring snacks and water onboard.

Arrive at least 1/2 hour early.

Reserve weeks ahead – fills up fast.

Don’t forget your camera!

Accessible restrooms on the train.

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Popular Event – > Polar Express

Durango & Silverton Book – A beautiful photographic celebration of America’s favorite narrow gauge train ride. 

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