Rail & Raft

Ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Silverton and then take an afternoon Raft trip with the expert guides of Mountain Waters Rafting. It’s more than you ever thought you could experience in one day!

Dates Available:  May 26-August 11, 2024

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Your adventure begins aboard the 9:00a.m. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train as it departs for Silverton. Unparalleled views of the Animas Canyon are only one highlight of this step back in time.

Upon your arrival in Silverton around 12:30pm, enjoy lunch on your own at one of Silverton’s great eateries. Take time to tour this Old West mining town prior to meeting your shuttle ride back to Durango for your afternoon Raft trip. The Mountain Waters shuttle (white shuttle bus with blue lettering “Rafting”) will meet you at 2:15pm at 12th and Mineral Street for your scenic drive along the San Juan Skyway. You will arrive back at Mountain Waters headquarters in time to prepare for the 3:45pm lower Animas raft trip. A 6:00 PM finish means you’ll return to the Mountain Waters Rafting headquarters with plenty of evening left to recount the day’s memories while dining at one of Durango’s fine restaurants or strolling Main Avenue.

2024 AdultFares*:

*includes 8% historic preservation fee

8:30 am: Board the Train for ride to Silverton
9:00 am: Depart for Silverton
12:30 pm: Arrive in Silverton with 2 hours to explore, shop, and get lunch
 2:00 pm: Meet at 12th & Mineral for Scenic Shuttle back to Durango (White shuttle bus with blue lettering “RAFTING”)
 3:15 pm: Arrive back in Durango, dropped off at your vehicle with time to change and get ready for Raft Trip
 3:45 pm: Depart for River Access Point
 6:00 pm: Arrive back at MWR Office just in time for dinner

Recommendations: Guests should dress appropriately for the river. We suggest clothing that dries quickly (i.e. nylon shorts, shirt & windbreaker) and shoes that will stay on and dry quickly (i.e. river sandals with heel strap & closed toe or sneakers.) Sunscreen and hat highly recommended.

IMPORTANT: Rafting, like all other outdoor activities, is inherently dangerous. By participating in Mountain Waters Rafting activities, you will be assuming those risks. All participants will be required to sign a release of liability before undertaking any activity with Mountain Waters Rafting & Adventure Company LLC.
Please bring completed Liability releases

The D&SNG is proud to be partnered with a PREMIER outfitter in Durango!

Mountain Waters Rafting headquarters is located at 303 W. College Drive near downtown Durango and just 100 yards from the Animas River.
Not just an office or kiosk, the headquarters offers so much more! In addition to a 1,000sq.ft. retail shop with T-shirts, hats, river shoes and almost anything you need to help you enjoy the river, you can rent equipment including bicycles to cruise the Animas River Trail later! They also offer restrooms, private picnic area, and free, secured, private lot parking. You’ll find tourist information for local events, activities, lodging and dining. Their friendly staff will even help you book other activities available in Durango.

Online Booking is available or you may call to book.
970-247-2733 or 888-TRAIN-07 (872-4607)

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See what a guest had to say on Trip Advisor!

“Beautiful Scenery & Awesome Experience…

We did the Rail & Raft package; an excellent package! We upgraded our package to ride the Alamosa Parlor Car… the views were absolutely breathtaking at times… People take turns out on the observation platform. Since it was the last car of the train, you have nice views off the back of the train as well.”

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