Embark on an Incredible Journey Through the San Juan Mountains
For a truly unforgettable step back in time, enjoy a leisurely trip to yesteryear riding 3 1/2 hours each way on this train while spending a nearly 2 hour layover in the historic mining town of Silverton to enjoy the sights, shopping, food, and libations that Silverton offers. We’ve been in continuous operation running trains on this 45-mile branch of the original Denver & Rio Grande Railway since 1882. Much of the scenery remains unchanged since those historic days. There’s no cell service or Wi-Fi throughout the Animas Canyon so you’ll be unplugged from the modern world. Soak in the views, listen as the steam whistle echoes through the canyon, hear the vintage locomotive work to pull the train up the grades. If you long to unwind and enjoy Colorado nature at its finest, this is the trip for you.
More About This Excursion
Departing from the Durango Depot, this unforgettable trip takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River on your way to the historic mining town of Silverton.
There will be up to three steam departures depending on the date. Steam Excursions run 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8/14/23-10/14/23 and 9/1/23-10/14/23 daily. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Diesel Excursions run 5/20/22-8/13/23. The Silverton Diesel Train departs at 8:15AM daily and is the only train excursion offering wilderness access for backpackers.
On all of these train excursions, you will experience the iconic Horseshoe Curve, High Bridge and all of the Animas River Gorge including all of the spectacular views from the High Line. These trains include a concession car with a variety of snacks and drinks available for purchase. Click here to see the concession menu.
Skyway Tour (bus/train or train/bus) service options are available for the 2023 Silverton summer season excursions. There are two bus departures available daily beginning May 20, 2023 running through October 14, 2023. The first deluxe motor coach departs Durango at 9:30am and arrives at Silverton at 11:00am. It then departs from Silverton at 2:45pm and arrives in Durango at 4:15pm. The second deluxe motor coach departs from Durango at 10:15am and arrives in Silverton at 11:45am. It departs from Silverton at 2:45pm and arrives in Durango at 4:15pm. The bus/train service costs $30 (plus 8% historic preservation fee) per person and is added to the roundtrip or one-way train price. There is no additional cost for Cinco passengers who choose the Skyway Tour. The bus service is available 7 days a week May 20 through October 14th.
With one way ticket purchase, the passenger is responsible for transportation and is not included with one way fare.
2023 Booking Information
Schedule and Departure/Arrival Times
The Silverton Steam Train Is Available:
May 6-October 28th, 2023 departing Durango 9:00AM, arriving Silverton 12:30PM, departing Silverton 2:45PM, arriving Durango 6:15PM
August 14-October 14 departing Durango 8:15AM, arriving Silverton 11:55AM, departing Silverton 2:00PM, arriving Durango 5:40PM
September 1-October 14 departing Durango 9:45AM, arriving Silverton 1:15PM, departing Silverton 3:30PM, arriving Durango 7:00PM