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Cascade Canyon Winter Train

Embark on an Incredible Journey through the San Juan Mountains!

The Cascade Canyon Winter Train is now boarding! Don’t miss out, this unforgettable excursion whisks passengers to and from the Cascade Canyon offering grandiose views of the Animas River, snowclad peaks, and crisp mountain air. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5-hour round trip experience is offered throughout weekends in January and February, with midweek dates becoming available in March and April. We recommend reserving your trip in advance online to assure the seats you want.

More About This Excursion

Departing from the Durango Depot, this trip takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 45-minute layover. All trains have a concession car with a variety of snacks and drinks available for purchase. Due to San Juan Basin Health restrictions, all drinks and snacks must be consumed on one of the open-air gondolas on the train or in the pavilion at Cascade Canyon.


2021 Booking Information

Schedule and Departure Time

This 5-hour round-trip excursion departs from the Durango Depot at 9:30 am and returns at 2:30 pm.

Month Dates
January, 2021 9-10, 15-17, 23-24, 30-31
February, 2021 6-7, 12-14, 20-21, 27-28
March, 2021 5-20, 22-27, 29-31
April, 2021 1-3, 9-10, 16-17, 19-24, 26-30
Winter Train
Winter Train

2021 Train Fares

Peak Fares*
March 5-20; March 22-27; March 29-31; April 1-3

Class Adult Fare* Child Fare*
Cinco/APC/ YG $124 NA
Knight Sky $124 $124
Prospector $124 $84
San Juan $99 NA
Standard $74 $47

Non-Peak Fares*
January 9 - February 28; April 9 - April 30

Class Adult Fare* Child Fare*
Cinco/APC/ YG $119 NA
Knight Sky $119 $119
Prospector $119 $79
San Juan $94 NA
Standard $69 $42

*Child (age 4-11)

*Fares subject to 8% Historical Preservation Fee Children 3 years old and younger not occupying a seat ride free.

Onboard Food & Beverages

Please note that Cascade Canyon is a wilderness destination and there are no stores, restaurants, or WiFi! Just a natural, scenic canyon with picnic tables along the Animas River and a covered pavilion with an interior rock fireplace to warm you just steps away from the train. For your convenience we have hot lunch, snacks, hot and cold beverages, bar drinks and souvenirs available for purchase in the Concession Car. We also have pre-order boxed and bagged lunches available for purchase. See the Cascade boxed and bagged lunch selections below. Guests are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Due to San Juan Basin Health restrictions, all drinks and snacks must be consumed on one of the open-air gondolas on the train or in the pavilion at Cascade Canyon. Food service including certain concession items, box and bag lunches as well as snacks and drinks you bring along can be eaten during the layover at Cascade Canyon in our picnic pavilion.

Cascade Boxed Lunch Selections | Cost: $15.00 ea.

Italian Chicken Sandwich

Italian Chicken Sandwich - lemon-grilled chicken breast, artichokes, sun dried tomatoes with basil. Lunch includes sandwich, sweet potato chips, triple chocolate chip cookie, and a baby Granny Smith apple.

Turkey Club Sandwich

Turkey Club Sandwich - turkey, ham, bacon, swiss, pickles, mayo, mustard, and lettuce. Lunch includes sandwich, sweet potato chips, triple chocolate chip cookie, and a baby Granny Smith apple

Italian chicken sandwich

Roasted Veggie Sandwich - Roasted red pepper, cheddar, spinach, and sprouts. Lunch includes sandwich, sweet potato chips, triple chocolate chip cookie, and a baby Granny Smith apple

Cascade Bagged Lunch Selections (sandwich only) | Cost: $9.00 ea.

Ham & Cheddar Sandwich: Applewood smoked ham, sharp cheddar cheese on house-made garlic brioche.

Asian Barbeque Braised Chicken: with lettuce, honey dijon on a house-made garlic brioche.


Stress-Free and Flexible Booking

Purchase with Confidence

  • We are not currently charging cancelation fees for COVID-related cancellations, regardless of the time of purchase.
  • We will enforce cancellation and change fees per normal policy as the health situation becomes reasonable to do so.
  • Passengers needing to cancel can leave the value open through the end of the year, convert to a gift certificate valid through 2021 or be refunded in full.
  • If you have made an error in your reservation or wish to change or cancel, please call us directly at (970) 247-2733 or (888) 872-4607. Cancellations and changes to existing reservations CANNOT be processed using the online system

Mask Up for Our Community

D&SNGRR requires masks be worn for all guests over the age of 10 years old in order to ride the train or be anywhere on train property which includes the Durango depot and the museum. We thank you in advance for your understanding and assistance in keeping our guests and employees safe and remaining compliant with State/health department orders.

As always, the D&SNGRR remains fully committed to ensuring the health and well-being of its guests, employees, vendors, and business partners, and it fully supports all local, state and federal government health regulatory agencies overseeing COVID-19 restrictions and hygiene protocols. You can read more about our full COVID-19 Response and commitment to your safety here.

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