Ruins & Rails Package

Experience two of the most sought-after attractions in Southwest Colorado: Mesa Verde National Park and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This discounted package includes one or more nights in Durango, Cortez, or inside Mesa Verde National Park, a round-trip ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Train, and a half-day, private or full-day guided tour of Mesa Verde, one of only twenty World Heritage sites in the U.S. This is one for the bucket list!

Package Highlights:

  • Round-trip tickets on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, including entrance to Depot Railroad Museum
  • Half-day or full-day professionally guided tour of Mesa Verde National Park
  • One or more nights lodging in Durango, Cortez, or inside Mesa Verde


Trip Overview

To fully enjoy the Ruins & Rails Package, we recommend staying in Durango two nights – the night before and the night of your train ride.  Your third night, stay inside Mesa Verde National Park at the Far View Lodge or in nearby Cortez, Colorado.  Choose from many select lodging options – ranging from budget-friendly motels to deluxe, full-service hotels.  It is your choice where you want to stay and for how long.

Day 1 | Rails (Durango & Silverton Historic Train)

  • Durango Silverton Railroad TrainSpend your first night in Durango.
  • The next morning, take the coal-fired, steam-operated Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which winds through the spectacular canyons of the remote two million-acre San Juan National Forest. Relive history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear on this 1882 adventure from Durango to Silverton, Colorado and back.
  • Save time before or after your ride to visit Durango’s Railroad Museum, located in Durango’s rail yard roundhouse, featuring full-size locomotives, maps, photos, artwork, memorabilia, and authentic collectibles.
  • While in Silverton, you’ll have time to enjoy lunch and stroll this historic town’s quaint shops.
  • Return to Durango by train early evening. Browse the downtown shops, have a fabulous dinner at one of Durango’s many fine restaurants, and listen to some live music downtown.

Day 2 | Ruins (Mesa Verde National Park)

  • Mesa Verde National ParkExplore Mesa Verde National Park with a full-day or half-day professionally-guided tour.  Learn about the history of the Ancestral Puebloan’s culture.  See their magnificent cliff dwellings of hand-hewn stone from over six centuries ago! The readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine rated this internationally known treasure “the #1 historic monument destination of the world!”
  • The all-inclusive full-day tour includes your roundtrip transportation from Durango to Mesa Verde, a delicious boxed lunch, refreshments and all Park fees. Enjoy a fascinating journey through time with a modern interpretation of the architecture, anthropology and culture of the ancient Puebloan peoples.
  • The half-day tours (4 hours) begin at 8:00 am or 1:30 pm.  The professionally-guided tours include a comfortable motor coach ride to various archaeological sites and include short hikes on simple trails. Drive to Mesa Verde National Park (about 50 miles from Durango), and pay the Park’s entrance fee ($15 to $20 per vehicle – depending on dates of travel). Tours depart from the Far View Lodge, located inside the Park.

Optional Discounted Add-ons:

  • Extra nights to your trip (in Durango, Cortez, Silverton, and/or Ouray)
  • A horseback ride. Located near Mesa Verde National Park.  Many rides to choose from in the Ute Tribal Park or in the mountains (two-hour, half-day, and full day rides available).
  • Historic Train Car Upgrades (Deluxe, First-class, or Presidential-class cars or Optional Motorcoach Bus Upgrade for one leg of your journey (additional cost and based on availability)
  • Other discounted activities in Durango:  Bar D Chuckwagon, rafting, 4×4 tours or rentals, zip-lining, massages, etc.

What to wear and bring:

  • Water bottle, light snacks
  • Sturdy walking shoes and layered clothing
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat

Items to Note:

This trip can be done in reverse.  For example, you may spend the first night at Far View Lodge inside Mesa Verde National Park, or a hotel in Cortez. Do a half-day tour the next morning. When you are done exploring the Park, head to Durango to spend the night and ride the train the next morning.

Have questions or want help reserving this popular package?

Call 800.828.4228 to speak with a local travel consultant. We’re happy to help!