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Experience winter aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

While we’re still relishing the beautiful days of fall, crisp mornings and snow-brushed peaks tell us winter is definitely making its way to Colorado.

We’re excited about all the usual winter suspects—skiing and sledding, sleigh rides and cozy evenings—and one of the things we’re most excited about is winter rides aboard the Durango & Silverton’s Cascade Canyon Winter Train.

Exploring the San Juan Wilderness during a lunch stop. Photo courtesy of DATO.

Exploring the San Juan Wilderness during a lunch stop. Photo courtesy of DATO.

For a quiet, serene and breathtakingly beautiful winter way to experience the San Juan Mountains covered in snow, consider our Durango Winter Train and Lodging Package. The crowds have simmered down since summer, and the early 1920’s vintage locomotive cars offer a uniquely intimate glimpse of the past. Plus, you can cozy up with apple cider or hot cocoa while snow-dusted pines, the Animas River and the magnificent San Juan Mountains pass you by (oh, and you can add a punch to your classic winter drinks in the parlor car—we’re imagining hot cocoa and peppermint schnapps). Take a break to wander the pristine wilderness of San Juan Forest and warm up at the fire pit under the covered pavilion during a lunch stop at the Cascade Canyon Wye before making your way back to Durango.

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The snow-dusted Strater Hotel. Photo courtesy of DATO.

If you’re just in town for the train, stay a short walk away from the station at the historic General Palmer or Strater Hotel.  Also nearby the station, the brand new Fairfield Inn & Suites offers hot breakfast, a fitness center, and an indoor pool at a great value.

If you’re staying longer than one night, consider spending a second night slope-side so you can take advantage of first tracks and après ski cocktails and snacks in the comfort of your own “home”.  Or, take the opportunity to see the landscape you witnessed from aboard the train on a much grander scale: from a hot-air balloon, where you’ll be warmed by the heat of the burner. Keep the cozy theme front and center and enjoy some genuine rest and relaxation by staying in a condo with a fireplace.

 

Where it all starts: the train station. Photo courtesy of DATO.

Where it all starts: the train station. Photo courtesy of DATO.

Our Winter Train and Lodging Package is all about ensuring you make the most of your vacation time by offering convenience and optimizing value. Give us a call to reserve your train tickets or discounted train package today.

http://www.gatewayreservations.com/packages/the-durango-winter-train-and-lodging-package/