In the late 1800s, the mining industry in southwest Colorado was in its heyday. The mountains there were full of silver and gold ore that was actively being mined. It became a necessity to bring the railroad to the area so that the precious ore could be hauled down from the mines to be sold commercially.
Fairly soon, the trains began carrying passengers to and from the mining town of Silverton and the narrow gauge railroad in the area was founded. The rail line has been safely carrying passenges from Durango to Silverton and back since 1882 through the beautiful San Juan mountains.
Today, the train continues to operate daily to carry tourist and business passengers along the rail line. The train is still fully coal-fired and steam powered. The interior of the train is vintage and highly maintained.
The train ride travels 45 miles each way to go from Durango to Silverton and operates daily. In the wintertime, the train operates but on a shortened distance from the full summer trek. Purchase tickets in advance for best availability as seats on the train are assigned.
To find out more about riding the train and purchasing tickets, check out their site at durangotrain.com.