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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. Check out some of the summer train rides, train events and more below.

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.

Train Schedule

Durango Train Summer Rides

Cascade Canyon Express

May - 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.

Wilderness Access

May - October

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.

Durango Train Summer Events

Narrow Gauge Day

May 3, 2024

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.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

May 24-26, 2024

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 52nd year this Memorial Day weekend.

Event Info

Durango Blues Train

August 22-24, 2024

The Durango Blues Train is back! This exciting musical adventure aboard the steam-powered train takes you through the breathtaking canyons of the San Juan National Forest. Each train features six live blues performances inside the train coaches with a festive musical environment. Each artist has their own coach, and passengers are free to dance their way from coach to coach.

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