Signature Events

Ride With Us and See Them All!

Our favorite part about being located in Durango, Colorado is soaking in the beauty of each season! Our train operates throughout the entire year offering visitors a unique chance to get an unfiltered look at the change of seasons both in town and deep in the rugged San Juan mountains. Frequent riders enjoy the transition from snow-capped mountains, to wildflower bloom, to the changing colors of aspen groves in the mountains.

Our event programming is designed to embrace the best of each season, giving you a special way to experience the outdoors whenever you decide to visit. Browse through our full event calendar below to learn more about our unique seasonal experiences.

Covid-19 Operations Update

Due to the uncertainties surrounding Covid-19, we’ve made some important decisions regarding our 2021 event programming schedule. Here are some updates we’d like to share:

At this time, we are planning on hosting the following events this year:

  • THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride 
  • Winter Photographer’s Special
  • All other events are currently on hold. We recommend signing up for our email newsletter here to be notified upon news regarding event programming, excursions, and more. You can do so here.


First told in the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, the story of a child’s Christmas Eve journey, adapted to the big screen in 2003, now comes alive every year with THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! All ages can enjoy the experience, warmth and fun of the Christmas season on a special steam train trip to the North Pole!

Ghost Crawl: Haunted Durango Train Museum Experience

Fall Photographer’s Special

D&SNGRR Brew Trains

Hop onboard a historic narrow gauge train at Rockwood Station bound for Cascade Canyon! On board these diesel-powered trains, knowledgeable Colorado craft brewers will introduce you to a light sampling of their fine ales and educate you about the process required for crafting each one. While at Cascade Canyon, guests will enjoy lunch, live music and more beer. During the return trip to Rockwood, dessert and coffee will be served. These are adult only trains. Everyone must be 21+ with a valid ID.

Snowdown Balloon Rally Train

Snowdown Balloon Rally Train for an up-close view of the Snowdown Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension! The train will stop in the Animas Valley for the colorful hot-air balloon mass ascension, offering passengers the chance to view the mass ascension from the comfort of heated train coaches. If they choose, passengers can also get off the train for 15-20 minutes to get a better view of the balloons.

Romance on the Rails

Celebrate Valentine’s Day as you experience turn-of-the-century ambiance with your loved one onboard a historic, steam-powered narrow gauge train as we travel along the Animas River. Enjoy a beautiful day riding the vintage train through the pristine wilderness to Cascade Canyon.

Winter Photographer’s Special

This will be a Durango & Silverton excursion powered by Locomotive #493 with multiple run-by opportunities on both the northbound and southbound legs of the journey. The consist will include ADA/213, Concession, Prospector, Yankee Girl, Knight Sky, and Alamosa. Passengers will deboard at predetermined locations along the route for run-bys of the train.

Hops & Hops

Hop aboard the Durango Train for an unforgettable Easter experience.

Wine & Rails

This is one wine tasting you won’t soon forget. Our Wine & Rails event features a list of rotating wineries that offer wine tastings from their respective wineries while aboard our train! Guests are invited to socialize, tour the featured vintners, and enjoy a prepared buffet during the scenic excursion to Cascade Canyon.

Shamrock Express

Time to get your Irish on! Come join us on the Shamrock Express Train bound for Cascade Canyon deep in the San Juan National Forest!