KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
We strongly suggest purchasing a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) Card. Consider supporting Colorado Search and Rescue by purchasing a 1-year or 5-year CORSAR Card. For the cost of the card, you have helped ensure that trained and well-equipped search and rescue teams will respond should you become lost or in need of rescue and they will not have to incur undue expense due to your emergency. The card is not insurance. It does not pay medical transport which includes helicopter flights or ground ambulance. The card will allow reimbursement to county sheriffs for costs incurred on a mission. If the aircraft then becomes a medical transport due to a medical emergency, the medical portion of the transport is not covered. Colorado residents and visitors are well served by dedicated volunteer search and rescue teams, but mission costs are often in the thousands of dollars. By purchasing a CORSAR card you are contributing to the Search and Rescue Fund, which will reimburse these teams for costs incurred in your search and rescue. Funds remaining at the end of the year are used to help pay for training and equipment for these teams. Anyone who purchases a current hunting/fishing license, or boat, snowmobile, ATV registration already contributes to the fund.
All summits in the Rocky Mountains require varying amounts of mountaineering skills; those attempting any of them should be mindful of the hazards of afternoon thunderstorms, sudden drops in temperature, and precipitous terrain. Cell phone service is limited.
Additional information websites:
Weminuche Wilderness Trip Planning Information: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/sanjuan/wilderness
HOW TO BOOK AND FLAG THE TRAIN
The 8:15am Silverton Diesel excursion will service all short stops for wilderness access. The Silverton Steam excursion departing at 9:00am will not service any wilderness stops.
Bookings must be made by phone. Online booking is not available at this time.
A cap of 15 people per party exists with a total cap of 9 parties per day at Needleton. Larger parties must book under one reservation. If you are making multiple payments, a group leader can book a reservation that other members of the party will call to add with their reservation number.
There are no southbound stops at Needleton for departures from Silverton.
Reservations and Ticketing:
Please call 1-888-872-4607 to book.
From Durango: Reservations should be made in advance through the Durango ticket office. Reservations can only be made for Durango or Silverton origination. Parties must book together. People may be added to a reservation but will need to supply the reservation number and let reservations know that they are adding to an existing reservation.
From Flag stops: Unless you purchased your round trip tickets in advance, flagstop tickets originating from either Needleton or Elk Park must be purchased from the conductor (exact fare) at the point of origin on a space-available basis. Unless you have a current Season Pass there is a freight charge per backpack ($15).
DURANGO DEPARTURES: Gear must be loaded in the boxcar 45 minutes prior to departure to allow you to be in your seats before the final boarding call. When departing from Durango, you must be in your assigned seat at least one half hour before train departure! Unoccupied seats will be sold as a “no-show”. Failure to have gear loaded by the appointed time could cause you to lose your seats.
SILVERTON DEPARTURES: You will be booked on one of the afternoon trips out of Silverton and arrive at Elk Park flag stop about 30 minutes after leaving Silverton. The only southbound option for wilderness access will be Elk Park. There is no southbound wilderness drop offs for Needleton. Only the Silverton Diesel Train is designated for flag stops. Please refer to the Short Stop Table (to be added) to determine which train will be stopping at your desired flag stop on the date you will be boarding. Be sure to check for both your SOUTHBOUND and NORTHBOUND trips!
SEATING: You will be booked SPACE in a standard-class car but specific seat assignments will be provided by the conductor when you board the train.
Flagging The Train:
You must flag the train to signal to the engineer that you wish to board. The correct method is by waving your hands horizontally across your knees. When flagging the train in either direction, you must be on the east side of the tracks. We strongly recommend advanced booking to assure seating.