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'Step Back in Time' overnight package

Step Back in Time Train & Hotel Package

Sit back and relax as we create your personalized 1880s “Step Back in Time” experience with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the Grand Imperial Hotel! Your trip begins with a departure from the 1881 Durango Depot to travel the rails behind an authentic steam-powered locomotive along the route built to haul silver and gold from the mining town of Silverton. In Silverton, experience the beauty and elegance of the refurbished 1883 Grand Imperial Hotel.Durango depot

So get ready to hop on board the train for a scenic ride through the majestic San Juan Mountains pulled by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive.  With Presidential, First Class, and Deluxe-class seating options available, we are sure you’ll find the perfect trip for your 3 ½ hour train ride through the valley, cliffs and canyons along the Animas River. 

Before boarding, check your luggage with our Ticket Office personnel before 9:00am and it will be waiting in your hotel room upon your arrival in Silverton.*  Your historic experience continues when the train pulls into town and you stroll the short two blocks to the Grand Imperial Hotel. As you enter the lobby, appreciate that the name of the hotel truly tells it all. The Grand Imperial Hotel has been refurbished over the winter of 2015-16 to grandeur that exceeds the original standards when it was built in 1882.

Once settled in your beautifully appointed room, feel free to relax there or go explore what Silverton has to offer. Peruse the in-room map that lists the many quaint shops, restaurants and watering holes that are all within a convenient walk from the hotel.  You’ll also find connections for various sightseeing tours, information on Colorado-made beer, wines and spirits. Enjoying the clean, crisp air and breathtaking mountain views will come naturally. If you must stay connected to the 21st century, there is WiFi available in your room and in most locations in downtown Silverton.

*If luggage is not dropped off by 9:00am, passengers will be responsible for transporting it.

Train Passage Options:
Passengers in Presidential and First Class seating have several unique cars from which to choose, and will enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic beverages served in a souvenir mug, a morning pastry, a full cash bar and a knowledgeable attendant to ensure your ride on the rails is unforgettable.
Deluxe-class passengers will be able to choose from two different Historic Narration services or our open-air Rio Grande car.
Standard class seating on a historic coach is also available.
You can also choose our Skyway Tour offering one direction of your travel being just 1 ½ hours riding in the comfort of our modern bus on US Highway 550, part of the spectacular San Juan Skyway. 

Grand Imperial lobby






Accommodations: Accomodations may include a single King or Queen-bed room. Two doubles available by request.

Grand Imperial

In addition to your round trip train ride and hotel room, your ‘Step Back in Time’ package amenities include an embossed leather luggage tag, depot-to-hotel-to train baggage service (Guests are limited to one bag or 35lbs luggage per person; $25 for extra or excessive sized luggage), lunch (or can be upgraded to dinner and is limited to one meal per person during package if staying multiple nights. Alcoholic beverages are not included. If you’d like a longer stay in Silverton, additional nights at the Hotel can be added to your package.                                                                             


Call our experienced reservation staff now to build your own Train/Hotel Package.  Pricing for two starts at $485.44 for standard coach.  Pricing is dependent on train seating, date selected and other package variables.

Find a package that suits you and take your own “Step Back in Time.” Due to complexity of all the details and arrangements, this package is not available to book online.

Please call 888-872-4607 for more information and to book.

Note:  Please be advised that hotel rooms are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors; staircases are steep and there is no elevator.

 Tour Add-Ons

Tour add-ons are available with any overnight package at the Grand Imperial or with the Extended Silverton van return.

Evening Sunset 4x4 Tour-  A guide favorite and a great opportunity for viewing wildlife!  After the hustle and bustle starts to settle into a quiet evening, enjoy the San Juan Mountains all to yourself with an evening 4x4 tour in the beautiful mountains around Silverton!  Have a particular destination in mind or something particular you'd like to see during your excursion?  This trip can be customized with your experienced guide from San Juan Backcountry;  just chat with your guide and they will be happy to tailor your excursion especially for you!

Dates:  May 14-October 7 (no tours on May 26 or July 4)
Price: $66.95  per person (minimum age of 4 years old)
Departure:  San Juan Backcountry at 6:00pm (1119 Greene Street)
Return:  Grand Imperial Hotel at 8:30pm

Ghost Town Tour- Take a trip just miles north of Silverton into a bygone era with a visit to the ghost town of Animas Forks, a National Register of Historic Places site.  Once billed as the "largest city in the world" with the small print qualifier "at this elevation" of 11,300 feet.  With the first cabin built in 1873, a short three years later, the bustling town had approximately 30 cabins, a hotel, general store, saloon, and even a post office.  As with many mining towns in the west, Animas Forks slowly dwindled and despite a brief resurgence in 1904 with the Gold Prince Mill,  by the 1920's it had become one of Colorado's mining ghost towns. 

Dates:  May 14-October 7 (no tours on May 26 or July 4)
Price: $66.95  per person (minimum age of 4 years old)
Departure:  San Juan Backcountry at 3:30pm (1119 Greene Street)
Return:  San Juan Backcountry at 6:00pm



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