Snowdown Balloon Rally Train

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Balloon Train

HotAir Balloons

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is again the proud sponsor of the Snowdown Balloon Rally Mass Ascension. As part of the celebration, the D&SNGRR is running the Snowdown Balloon Rally Train. 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.

Balloon train

After the balloons drift off or land, the train will continue on to Cascade Canyon for a short break by the Animas River before returning to Durango.

Lunch, snacks, beverages, bar drinks and souvenirs are available for purchase on the concession car on the train.
Boxed Lunch Available! As an added convenience for our guests, you may pre-purchase a personal Premium Boxed Lunch that we will have onboard waiting for you!

Train at Cascade


Train departs Durango at 8:00 a.m.
Returns to Durango approximately 1:30 p.m.


Car Type Adult Child
Standard-Class Coach (all ages) $69* $42*
First Class: Knight Sky (all ages) $119* $79*
First Class: Alamosa Parlor Car (21+) $119* N/A
*Fares subject to 8% Historic Preservation Fee

Book online or call 1-888-872-4607!

Restrooms are available in every Coach and Premium car.

Balloon launch is dependent on weather conditions. The decision to launch is made by the pilots and is often not determined until the train has left Durango. The D&SNGRR assumes no liability if the balloons do not launch. The train will make its run to Cascade Canyon even if the balloons remain grounded. Refunds will not be made if balloons do not launch.

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or call for reservations!