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"Loved the Charlie Brown Train"
Reviewed November 5, 2012NEW
So we rode the Durango Train to the pumpkin patch outside of town on the first class ticket. It was great my two kids, 5 and 1 had a blast. With the first class ticket, you receive apple cider or another beverage and donut holes. You sit at a nice table sometimes with other guests. We met a nice group of people from Missouri and a politician. The train was decorated in beautiful fall decor. The leaves on the trees were gorgeous and the sun beaming on them literally made them look gold. The weather was perfect and my husand and I enjoyed watching the kids meet Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy. We were able to pick out two pumpkins and have lunch. Our pictures turned out so great. I wish I knew the photographers name to give him proper recognition. He got the kids to pose perfectly on the hale bales. The tractor ride was also awesome and the staff were very sweet that manned all of the stations. They even had a special station for child safety identification kits for free. I thought that was a great touch. Other than the pictures my other memorable moment was when my daughter filled out her postcard letter to the Great Pumpkin in crayon on our lunch table. What a trip. My toddler did well on this trip and we all had a blast. Thank you very much to the staff on the train that made sure we had plenty of coffee and creamers and took her time with all of the kids. We also have a great souvenier coffee travel mug to remember the trip by as well. Lots of fun.
“Nice trip with fantastic scenery”
This is a very enjoyable ride beside the Animas River offering many excellent views of the mountains and canyons. We recommend riding in the Presidential Car if possible. The seats are comfortable and the extra service is nice. The best part is having the private platform in the back of the train to see the views and take great pictures.
“Step back in time on truly incredible locomotive!”
A Durango "must do" activity if you enjoy history and beautiful scenery. I have been aboard the DSNGRR several times and I always love it. Immerse yourself in the history of it all with the guide book. I recommend first class if you can. The extras really make it even more enjoyable and comfortable. Plus the parlor cars are really beautiful especially the Cinco Animas. Dressing up in historically inspired clothes really adds to the experience too! What a wonderful way to get yourself to Silverton. Long live the old West!
“Don't miss this experience”
The train is a top-notch experience when visiting Durango. We were in an open car, and the view are spectacular. The attendents were very knowledgeable about the history of the railroad, and shared recent experiences also. We did the train round trip, and it's fine. Several people did the bus back, but we were going to drive the San Juan Skyway the following day, so didn't mind. If you're not going to drive Hwy 550, I would suggest the bus back, as that's a trip you don't want to miss.
“The Alamosa Car is the Way to Go!”
We chose to take the bus up to Silverton and return by train to Durango. We are very glad we did as the train ride is a bit long. We were also very glad we chose the Alamosa Parlor car for several reasons. First of all, we had a very good attendant who brought us drinks, answered questions, and told occasional stories. She kept us entertained. Second, you are inside and are not in danger of any ash/cinder issues plague some of the open-air passengers. Third, there is a private viewing area for Alamosa car passengers. Our car was the very last one on the train, and it was nice to stand at the rear of the car and watch the scenery behind us or to look toward the front at the entire train snaking around curves.
On a side note, the town of Silverton is absolutely gorgeous! I think we enjoyed our time in Silverton as much as the train ride itself!
“Took the one way trip and loved it!”
We took a morning Wild to Mild Jeep ride, which was awesome, then took the train ride back to Durango. We rode in the Silver Vista car, which was open air with a glass roof. It was an adults only car. We also had an informative guide in our car that served drinks as well as information about the history of each location we were passing. This excursion is not cheap, so if you tend to whine about prices, it probably is not for you. We enjoyed ourselves so much, we did not want the day to end. Beautiful scenery, awesome experience. After reading some reviews on the train, I will remind you that the ride is on a steam locomotive. It is a bumpy ride, and slow, but oh so worth it in views and experience.
“Beautiful scenery and nice ride!”
We took the one way ride from Silverton to Durango. We were in the open air gondola car which was great for taking pictures. The ride was 3 1/2 hours, which was perfect! Beautiful views of the Animas River and San Juan mountains. The seats were comfortable and the train was on time! We booked through Mild to Wild and they took care of all the arrangements...great service! Also, from our hotel we were able to take the free trolley to the station so that was nice to be able to leave the car at the hotel.
“You wil never regret taking this trip, as it does't often get much better than this one.”
It's a great family outing, the views, the weather, the steam engine working hard, the canyon with the river below, the beauty that surrounds you almost endlessly, the comfort of enjoying a day of pure pleasure!
“One-Way is the Way to Go”
We did the Jeep Tour (shuttle to Silverton, 4x4 tour in Silverton area) and took the train back. The train ride is great with great views. We were told to do the one-way tour and we were glad we did. The train moves slowly, in comparison to taking a car, but the views were worth the trip. The weather was great and the train employees were informative and personable. Glad we did the tour!
A great experience and a must-do in Durango. Had seats in the Cinco Animas car and they were great. This car is at the very end of the train, was built in 1880, has immediate access to the rear viewing platform, you have your own individual seat and table and there are only 8 people in the car. Our guide (Dave?) was a retired school teacher from California & was THE BEST. He provides you with narrative of the many sights along the way. In the presidential car you are provided with complimentary coffee and breakfast pastry. The ride up is awesome but for some reason the ride back (even though you're seeing the same thing) is even better. Silverton is amazing and is an example of a well preserved old mining town. One of the best things about the trip was the people we met in our car. Had a wonderful conversation each way. Great trip and something you'll regret not doing if you're in the area.
“beautiful day trip”
We had a great day on the train. It was a little rainy and chilly but this was our second visit so we knew to dress in layers and take a lap blanket and with the hot chocolate and coffee from the concession car we stayed warm.
If you like trains or even if you don't, this a must do!! The ride to Silverton is specatular and the service on the train was top notch. On the trip we saw a couple of deers, mountain goats, and one big bear. It was awesome. We rode the train to Silverton, stayed the night at the Wyman, and then rode the train back the next day. It was a wonderful way to spend the weekend.
“Wonderful family experience”
This was our third trip on the railroad and had our family for the UK with us. We rode in the open gondola this time and would highly recommend it. The fresh air was exhilarating and the views are always awesome. The staff are so friendly and helpful and they make a great "Rusty Spike" coffee! We rode the bus back to Durango from Silverton and the bus driver was entertaining and full of amazing facts which made the trip pass quickly. If you are up in Durango don't pass this up!
“Best Scenic Rail Trip Ever”
The price of the trip is well worth it. Scenery is outstanding; would love to be able to ride in every season. The ride up and back is worth the views of the Animas River. Wish we could have stayed longer in Silverton. Relax and enjoy and get to know the conductor, the tour guide, the people you are riding with on the train, and you'll have stories to share for a long, long time. I'd travel back to Colorado just to get back on this railroad!
“A bucket list Train Trip”
One word, spectacular! Make your reservations at least 2 weeks in advance. You can do a round trip, or train to Silverton and bus back to Durango, or bus to Silverton and train back to Durango. The train portion of trip is approximately 3 1/2 hours and the bus about 1 hour. Plan a full day for this excursion and dress in layers as it can get a bit cool at the higher elevations and on the train. I prefer the open cars for better views and taking photo's, plus the price is cheaper. Smoke and some cinders can be a small issue on the upward trip as the engine is laboring, whereas on the downward trip the engine is more of a brake and does not smoke as much. This is only an issue riding in the open cars and we personally had no problem.You will have time in Silverton (elevation about 9,400 feet) to wander around the old mining town and have lunch before your trip back. All employee's were very courteous and helpful. Prices vary, but you can check them out on line and I felt the trip, although pricey for some budgets, is well worth the cost.
“The new Knight Sky car”
The new knight sky car was a great way to take the train trip from Durango to silverton. Had taken the trip before in an enclosed car, but it was so much better in this new car.
“Train lovers will rejoice in this historic ride”
When I knew that I had some available weekends to make the trip (a full day is needed), I used their website to research both the details and - especially - the type of class I wanted to ride in during the trip. Knowing that their would likely be a lot of families, that I was riding in the summer on a hot day, and knowing that I wanted to be sure to take a lot of pictures, I opted to spend the extra money for a seat in their Cinco Animas car (the Presidential Class), which is only available to those 21 years and older.
The Presidential Class turned out to be a fantastic choice. It was an enclosed car (the windows could be opened), so blocked out much of the soot and dust that might be cause for allergy or similar issues. There was some level of privacy to the car, as the other classes were not allowed to come back into the car to loiter, and the car had its own bathroom and snack/beverage service. Also, it had a large observation platform - being the last car in the train - so you could stand up, walk out/around comfortably and without inconveniencing others, and get some great panoramic pictures. The car is comfortable, and perhaps a little quieter, given the fare and over-21 restriction means a different type of clientele riding in the car. The railroad takes pictures of each guest in the car, and affordable packages are available for purchase that are ready by the time you return to Durango. Additionally, the fare for the Presidential Class includes a complimentary tote bag and discounts on a couple items found in the gift shop at the depot.
The porter in the car demonstrated outstanding customer service and attention to detail. Also, throughout the course of the trip, he made sure to point out interesting and/or historical sights along the route, and offered to take pictures so that those of us taking pictures had photos with us in them (if we wanted).
If you arrive early in the morning before your train departs, you will also get a chance to check out their museum. A highlight for me in the museum was seeing one of the rail cars used in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".
All in all, this was a terrific experience, particularly if you are a fan of the railroad. If you are a rail fan, it should be on your "bucket list", but even if you're not and happen to be in or near Durango, it's well worth the time.