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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
479 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301
970-247-2733
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Durango
Type: Scenic Railroads, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
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Owner description: Hop aboard a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive that travels along the same railroad tracks that miners, cowboys and the early settlers of the Old West used over a hundred years ago. The route winds in and out of canyons and past open wilderness affording great views. The price of a ticket also includes admission to the D&SNGRR Museum and the Silverton Freight Yard Museum.
New Mexico
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Must do!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We took the bus up to Durango and rode the train back. We did this to return earlier to get our dog out of daycare, but it was a great decision. The ride from Silverton to Durango is almost all downhill, so less coal smoke to breathe in. We were in the glass-topped Knight Rider car. Another great choice, since it gave a much more open feel. The scenery was magnificent -- and can really only be seen from the train, since it follows the Animas River most of the way -- and the roads go a different way.

Visited June 2013
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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful views and a fun day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Well worth the ride. We rode the train both ways. There is an option to ride the bus one way for an extra charge. The ride up and back is a total of 6 hours. I think kids would love it, they get to see how the train fills up with water and let's of steam.

Visited July 2013
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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Wow! What a day!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Great experience, paid extra for the rio grande car and it was worth!! Because it is the last car, when the train hits turns and curve,it makes for beautiful pics. Also, it is an adult only car, so it is a peaceful , quiet ride to enjoy the fantastic scenery along the river gorge. We had lunch in Silverton at Handlebars, which was recommended to us. Excellent food and atmosphere! We took the bus back and again had beautiful scenery. Not a complaint in the world, wonderful day, wonderful experience!!!!

Visited July 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Awesome Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Beautiful trip - highly recommend Knights glass top car - great service, staff and views - highly recommend...

Visited July 2013
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Waco
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“Great As Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We did this as a family when our kids were young about 9 years ago and they wanted to do it again now that one just graduated HS. I was not sure they would enjoy it as much, but they did. Perhaps even more now that they are older and can appreciate it more. We took the bus up and the train back figuring 3 1/2 hrs on the train was better than 7 hrs. Good decision. The bus ride up was equally beautiful and the bus driver was full of info. We also got to hang out in Silverton for two hours and eat lunch at "Thee Pitts Again". (See my review of that also.) Great experience.

It was a special time for our family once again. Maybe we'll all do it again when the kids get out of college! The only drawback was that we had to pay $10 more per ticket to do the bus and pay a 5% historic preservation fee. No logic there. Still, it was worth it. Everyone should do this once.

Visited July 2013
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