Know Before You Go
The 45-mile route between Durango and Silverton crosses the Animas River five times, has an elevation climb of 2,800 feet, and takes 3-1/2 hours, with the train chugging along at no more than 20 miles per hour. With a layover of about two hours in Silverton, the round-trip is a full-day adventure.
All trains depart in the morning from the depot in Durango, Colorado. During the summer, there are three trains daily that depart 45 minutes apart. The one-way time to Silverton is three hours. All trips are round-trip, but riders may elect to take a bus back to Durango. During the winter months, there is one train daily with an abbreviated two-hour ride to Cascade Canyon. Fares begin at $89 (winter) and $99 (summer) with reduced fares for children.