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We operate out of our original 1882 depot located at 479 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301

Guardians of History – American Heritage Railways

The preservation of history is an endeavor no less important to the future of this nation than the
preservation of life itself. History defines and documents the very character of our country. It portrays
our greatest social and technological triumphs. It also reminds us of our failures so that they may not be
repeated. Most important, history absolutely points out to us the true source of America’s greatness:
the ideas, inventions, courage, ethics, and morality of the men and women living in our atmosphere of

American Heritage Railways (AHR) is a heritage tourism company based on the preservation of history.
Its current operations reach nearly 1.5 million guests annually through directly owned railroads,
attractions, and the licensing of special events at over 50 additional properties.
American Heritage Railways is a unique company with a tremendous future grounded in the historic
past. Its assets include American railroad treasures, extensive land holdings, and valuable intellectual
properties. We care deeply about the customers we serve and look forward to sharing our passion with
you and your family.

Depot summerThe D&SNGRR is history made up of original equipment, maintained to perfection, operated and kept up by people today using skills long lost to ordinary endeavors. Our history protects and preserves the very human character that made our country great. On our railroad, you will experience Colorado at its best…wildlife, waterfalls, majestic peaks, all from the view of an 1880s train. You will see places you can get to only by foot or train. You will experience first-hand why the D&SNGRR was voted “One of the World’s Top Ten Most Exciting Train Rides” by the Society of American Travel Writers in 2009. The most important part of our mission is you. It is to give you an experience you will never forget. Riding the D&SNGRR you are now a part of history. You are now an 1882 railroader. Welcome Aboard! We’re glad you’re here.
–Allen & Carol Harper

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest for an unforgettable year-round adventure. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West took over a century ago. Relive history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a truly spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.


August 2010: D&SNGRR Named Number One North American Train Trip by National Geographic Traveler.

June 2009: Society of American Travel Writers Names D&SNGRR One of the World’s Top Ten Train Rides.

“5 Star Award for Best Attraction” by the National Association of Travel Journalists