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Durango Train: Summer

Events & Train Rides Happening From May Through August

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most train events are currently cancelled for 2021. Please check back for updated information on the train's summer schedule.

If you're planning on visiting Durango in May, June, July, or August, you probably want to ride the Durango Silverton train. Check out some of the summer train rides, train events and more 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

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Summer Skyway Tour

2021 Information Coming Soon

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.

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Cascade Canyon Express

June - August

The Durango train's Cascade Canyon Express is its 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 unforgettable train experience without the all-day commitment.

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Wilderness Access

Not Offered In 2021

For backpackers, hikers, and fishermen, a great way to ride the Durango train is on a wilderness access trip during the summer. Head out into the San Juan National Forest and Weminuche Wilderness via the Durango train, and get off in Needleton (for access to the Chicago Basin) or Elk Park (for access to the Colorado Trail). Call (888) 872-4607 to book.

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Motor Car Ride

Not Offered In 2021

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

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Narrow Gauge Day

Future Dates TBA

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 the 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.

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Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

May 28-30, 2021

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.

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Durango Blues Train

Not Offered In 2021

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.

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