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“Great ride with beautiful views”

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
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The Upper Animas Silverton Section Full-Day...
Ranked #2 of 45 things to do in Durango
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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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Best train ride I've been on. Trains are my husbands interest and I usually find them too long. This was an all day trip and it was great. The scenery following the river was beautiful, our guide was very informative with numerous antidotes and stories about the train. Thoroughly enjoyed the day.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We have been fortunate to visit. Number of countries in the old an have been on a number of scenic train journeys, nearly all of have have disappointed in some way.

Not this one though. The scenery was stunning throughout the journey, a s the train climbed from 6,500 to 9,300 feet. Silverton itself was a pleasant stop for a couple of hours (inc lunch).

I would say that it was not that crowded, and there was room to move about in standard class. On a. Busy day it might b necessary to upgrade.

There were a number of ticket options, inc an open carriage, and a chance to go by train just one way. At $85 up not a cheap trip, but a full and interesting day.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Fantastic way to spend a full day in some of the best scenery anywhere. A bit pricy, but worth the investment, at least once.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is one of those you have to do at least once in your lifetime events. Expensive for the premium car but we all felt it was worth it. Make sure you book well enough in advance to get the bus ride back so you don't have to take the round trip train. The busses do fill up. Then, take a camera with a large enough disk. Lots of really good photo opportunities. Also, make sure you wash your hands after taking it as they'll be covered with soot. I do recommend this outing as a must do event in Durango

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Expensive but scenic trainride from downtown Durango to Silverton and back. One way ride is enough. You can take a bus back and it's much faster that way. The Animas river is interesting to see from the train and Silverton is very scenic with its mountainous terrain. The pickle barrel is a good deli in Silverton. There's a stagecoach ride there now, but it's mostly souvenier shops, restaurants and B&B's up in Silverton, but it's very scenic. The narrative railroad car might be interesting, where you'll probably learn a lot about the area.I've always wanted to go on a narrow-gauge railroad in Colorado and this is certainly the place to do it. Durango is a very nice town, especially near the train station. There are some very good restaurants around the area near the train station, even if they are a bit pricey. The motels get a lot cheaper as you get away from the train station. The best deal is to have someone drive up to Silverton and meet you there so you can go back to Durango by car -- there are so many nice places to stop on the way down -- it's so scenic. The train doesn't allow so many nice view points of the Colorado mountains -- you can see them better by car, but the views of the Animas River from the train are fantastic. It's probably best to be on the right side of the train going up, because that affords the best views of the Animas River and it's canyon. The seats on the train are a bit crowded and uncomfortable.

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