If you're planning a fall vacation to Durango, you'll definitely want to take a trip on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Durango Train fall excursions are a great way to experience the stunning display of vibrant colors that take over southwest Colorado in September and October. Check out some of the ways to ride and train events below.
Fall Durango Train Rides
The fall season might be the most spectacular time of year to visit Durango, Colorado and ride this historic railway. The way the leaves change their colors into a glorious array of oranges, reds and yellows is truly a treat for the eyes. Riding the railway means that you can see the fall colors in their full glory while also learning about the history of this beautiful region.
Durango Train Fall Rides
Fall Skyway Tour
As the leaves begin to fall and temperatures begin to drop, one of the most popular train excursions becomes even more incredible. The Skyway Tour brings visitors on a 52 mile journey. Take it roundtrip by train or head one way on the rails and the other in a bus. Either way, you're guaranteed incredible views.
Motor Car Ride
September and October are the final months of the year to experience a motor car ride with the Durango Train. Experience life as a crew member as you ride ahead of the train, maintain the rails and communicate with the conductor on the way back from Silverton. You'll get a whole new perspective on the Durango Train with this unique opportunity
Trails & Rails Package
Combine adventures with Durango Train packages like Trails & Rails tours. You'll head to Kennebec Pass right away in the morning in a 4x4. When your tour is over, you'll be shuttled from Durango to Silverton where you will board the train for a ride through the brilliant fall colors surrounding the rails. This full day adventure will keep you busy and exploring all day long.
Durango Train Fall Events
Fall Photographer's Special
September 20-22, 2019
Amateur and professional photographers are invited to take part in the Fall Photographer's Special each year. This event brings photographers on a train ride with predetermined stops along the way. Photographers will deboard the train and it will back up out of sight and return to pass the group for photo opportunities. The fall colors lighting up the San Juan Mountains make for a picture perfect excursion.
Durango Brew Train
September 28, 2019
One of Durango's most popular train experiences is the Brew Train. While they are now offered in both the summer and fall months, the fall train excursions sell out very quickly after tickets are released. There is nothing quite like sipping a Colorado craft beer while watching the fall colors zip by.
Wine & Rails
September 29, 2019
During the month of September, the Durango Train offers a wine experience on the rails. Event attendees will travel to Cascade Canyon. On the way, sample wines and learn from local wineries. When you arrive, the fun will continue with more tastings, a Mediterranean luncheon, music, games and more. This event is for adults over the age of 21.
Pumpkin Patch Express
October 5-20, 2019
The Durango Train's Pumpkin Patch Express is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon in Durango. This family-friendly experience takes you on a fun ride themed to match the classic "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" story. When you arrive at the pumpkin patch, the whole family can enjoy live entertainment, a reading of the story, trick-or-treating for kids and more.
Cowboy Poetry Train
October 4, 2019
The Cowboy Poetry Train is one of the most special parts of the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering each year. The train takes cowboys and cowgirls from Durango to Cascade Canyon. On board, riders will hear a wide variety of poems and songs that will make you laugh and cry, and have you wishing it could last forever. Every coach has performers and when you stop for lunch at Cascade Canyon the performances will continue.