Guided Snowmobile Adventure
Available December 12, 2015 through April 2, 2016 on dates the train operates to Cascade Canyon.
Experience TWO adventures in the same day! Take a vintage steam train ride to Cascade Canyon and then extend your winter fun with a 2-hour guided snowmobile trip in the San Juan National Forest at over 10,000 feet in elevation!
The government just released its outlook for the winter season, and it looks like a strong El Niño will dominate our weather and it's likely that some parts of Southern Colorado are going to get walloped this winter. Let's hope the forecasters are right!
Train/Snowmobile tour: Begin your adventure as you depart Durango aboard the 9:45am D&SNG steam train bound for the wilderness location of the Cascade Canyon Wye. You will arrive at Cascade at 11:45am and have 45 minutes to eat lunch or explore the area along the river. After an hour train ride returning toward Durango, you will detrain at the Rockwood flagstop to meet your shuttle driver. You will be shuttled to the Ice Pirates Snowmobile Tours outpost on Molas Pass where you will be matched with your snowmobile and begin your 2-hour tour with experienced guides. But the fun's not over yet! Arrrgh! Receive your "Ice Pirates Booty Bag" for snacks and hot cocoa as you wind down and share your stories. You will be shuttled back to Durango to arrive at the D&S Parking Lot around 6:15pm.
Leave Durango on train at 9:45am
Arrive Cascade Canyon at 11:45am
Leave Cascade Canyon at 12:50pm
Arrive Rockwood 1:35pm to board shuttle
Arrive Molas Pass Outpost 2:30pm
Leave Molas Pass Outpost 4:45pm
Arrive D&SNG Parking Lot 6:15pm
(all times are approximate and depend on current circumstances)
Train/Snowmobile Package Rates:
One Adult on single sled $231.70*
Two adults: $179.76* per adult
One adult and one child: Adult $179.76* ~ Child $151.94*
*includes 6% Land Management Permit Fee and 7% Historic Preservation Fee
Sorry, no children under 4 years old on this winter adventure!
Due to complexity of all the details and arrangements, this package is not available to book online.
Drivers: Can be any adult age 18 years and over. Drivers aged 16 and 17 must show valid driver's license.
For your safety, all snowmobilers are required to wear provided helmets.
Minimum age is 5 years old to ride.
We recommend dressing in layers of warm winter clothing, snow boots, mittens and hat. Ice Pirates will have snowmobile suits and boots available for use but sizes will be limited.
Maximum weight per sled is 350 pounds.
Guests must sign Liability Release. Download and complete it in the comfort of your home and bring it with you when you meet your driver. This will also save time and get you on the snow trails sooner!
Please click here for important information and an Ice Pirates Liability Waiver Form.
ICE PIRATES reserves the right to cancel any trip without notice if conditions are not safe. Rescheduling or refunds will be made available.
Visit Ice Pirates Web site for more information and FAQs!
About Ice Pirates Snowmobile Tours:
Ice Pirates is Southwestern Colorado's premier guided snowmobile touring outfitter! Their outpost is located on Molas Pass which receives an annual average of over 300 inches of powder snow.
Never been on a snowmobile before? No problem! Guides start all trips with a thorough orientation for snowmobile driving, riding and safety. Tours begin on flat terrain exploring forests and meadows while giving everyone a chance to get a feel for the snowmobiles. You'd be surprised how easy it really is! Everyone from the kids to the grandparents will have a blast exploring and learning about the San Juan Mountains. Photographic views abound and the guides are great at helping you get the perfect picture for your family album.
Ice Pirates will provide you with well-maintained snowmobile, trained wilderness guide, a fun "Ice Pirates Booty Bag" and winter cold-weather gear as needed.