Do you think it was the filming of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid that generated enough interest for the restoration of the Durango &
Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad between Durango and Silverthorne?
Can you get a sense of how the outlaws felt as you ride on the rails hugging cliffsides? At times you will look out the window and swear there is nothing between you and the canyon floor. The scenery is spectacular; especially when viewed from an open car. Part of the fun of the trip is watching the excitement expressed by the kids.
Durango owes its existence to the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, the predecessor of today’s Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge
Railroad. The Denver and Rio Grande was developed in the early 1880’s, primarily to haul ore. The railroad had a rich and sometimes troubled history before it was turned into a tourist attraction. Today, with its 1920’s authentic steam engines, it’s one of the great Durango attractions.
A trip on the train includes a lunchtime stop in the old mining town of Silverton, while the train is turned around for the trip back to Durango. While you are waiting, stop by the San Juan Historic Mining Heritage Center and have lunch. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has so many specials and special events like a Brew Train or a Blue’s Train,and special rates that you should check their web site before you book a ride.