Durango Train: Summer

Events & Train Rides Happening From May Through August

If you're planning on visiting Durango in May, June, July, or August, you probably want to ride the Durango Silverton train. You can ride the train to Silverton and back on a round trip tour, choose a train/bus combo, or browse our train packages to combine some of your favorite summer adventures. Check out some of the summer train rides, train events, and train packages below.

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Summer Durango Train Rides

The summer schedule for the Durango to Silverton train offers daily round trip service with the option to ride back on the train that afternoon or upgrade to a bus return for a scenic drive over the San Juan Skyway. Summer is a fantastic time to plan your visit to Durango, as the weather will be warm and the city will be alive with excellent festivals, events, live music and much more.

Durango Train Summer Rides

Summer Skyway Tour

May 4 - October 26

One of the Durango train's most tried and true popular trips is the Skyway Tour, which you can book between early May and late October. This gloriously scenic train ride covers 52 miles of the San Juan Byway. You can do a roundtrip on the train or choose to ride a bus to or from Silverton. Summer is a great time to take in the colorful views of the mountains.

Durango Train Summer Packages

May - August

If you want to save money on your Durango vacation, one of these Durango train packages is the right deal for you. Choose the combo that fits your taste in adventure this summer and combine a ride on the Durango train with a whitewater rafting trip, a 4x4 guided jeep excursion, or an ATV/RZR rental that you can take out on your own.

Cascade Canyon Express

June 17 - August 14

Brand new for 2019, the Durango train's Cascade Canyon Express is it's shortest excursion to date. See the iconic canyon views aboard the diesel train on this great ride for small children or those with limited time to spare. It's the same unforgetable train experience without the all-day commitment. For more information and tickets, visit the Durango train website.

Motor Car Ride

May - October

The train offers a unique experience on a motor car ride from May through October. This car takes you along the rails with a veteran crewmember so you can experience a typical afternoon of maintaining the rails and communicating with the train returning from Silverton. The views along the highline are unlike any other, and you'll get some great photos.

Durango Train Summer Events

Narrow Gauge Day

May 3, 2019

Kick off the summer train season with Narrow Gauge Day (also known as Hot Dog Day) at the Durango Train Museum. This annual event in May features live music and a free picnic at tge museum for all attendees. Learn all about the history of southwestern Colorado's beautiful high country and the steam locomotives that have been carrying passengers through the San Juan mountains since 1882.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

May 24-26, 2019

While this is not your typical Durango train event, the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is one of Colorado’s most renowned events of the year, and one of the biggest races in the world of cycling. It's a battle of man versus machine as cyclists race the Durango train across 50 miles of breathtaking San Juan scenery. Watch it unfold for its 48th year this Memorial Day weekend.

Durango Blues Train

May 31-June 1 & Aug 16-17

This biannual event consists of four nights of bluesy entertainment aboard the Durango Silverton train; two nights to kick off the summer, and two nights at the end. Hundreds of Colorado visitors enjoy the Durango Blues Train for its lively music paired with tasty craft brews. Lineups are announced two to three months in advance.