We love the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
It’s not that we think this makes us unique, or even that we love it more than most, but we just couldn’t keep it in any longer.
So, again, we love that train. We love it in more ways than we know what to do with, and we (all of us here at Gateway Reservations) have our unique reasons, but here’s an attempt to synthesize and share just some of the things we love most about the train (because a love this strong just shouldn’t be kept a secret):
- We love the sound. It’s true: Durango runs on those daily choo-choo’s. You’ll see when you visit, and you’ll probably want to take the sound home with you, which you can. Just ask us how.
- We love its history. That train has been around since 1882 and has shuttled miners and millionaires, actors and newlyweds. The locomotives are 1923-25 vintage, and are maintained in their original condition. The train has tons and tons of interesting and unique history—spend some time at the museum located next to the station to absorb more of it.
- The views. Aside from hiking miles and miles (which we don’t hate, but come on, a cushioned seat with a hot or cold beverage in hand definitely allows for more sustained focus on the sights), the train is the only way to see some of the region’s most spectacular views: the Upper Animas River is stunning, the peaks that frame it rugged and humbling, and the creeks, forests and cliffs that fill the window frames the entire way are unmatched.
- The pace. In this fast-paced, all-go, never-stop-moving modern day, the slow, casual, rocking rhythm of the train is a welcome break.
- The special events. From the POLAR EXPRESS™ to the Cowboy Poet Train, any addition to the traditional ride adds to the experience. The POLAR EXPRESS™ feels real and the poetry sounds better on the train.
- The access. If backpacking is your thing, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers unparalleled access to more than 500,000 acres of Weminuche Wilderness. Riding the train in or out cuts off days of travel, giving you more time deep in the mountains. And, only from the train can you visit Soaring Tree Top Adventures, the largest zipline in the world.
Have questions about which train ride, special event or package best suits your needs? That’s why we’re here.
Special upcoming train events:
Summer Train: ends October 29, 2016
Winter Train: begins November 23, 2016
Cowboy Poetry Train: September 30
PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch: October 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride: Nov. 19 – Jan. 3
P.S. Do you have your own list of things you love about the train, or a story you’d like to share? Send it our way via our contact page or post in on Facebook or Instagram. We’ll publish our favorites on our blog, and the top choice will get 10% off a future trip on the D&SNG. Promotion ends 12/31/2016.
All photographs courtesy of DATO.