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Durango Train: Winter

Winter Excursions & Events On The Durango Train

Winter Durango Train Rides

If you travel in the winter the Durango and Silverton Railroad offers an exclusive Cascade Canyon Excursion that will take you through a magical and beautiful winter wonderland. You’ll arrive at the beautiful Cascade Canyon for a 55 minute layover before returning to Durango. There’s something truly magical about the way the sunshine glints off the sparkling snow and the icicles hang from the branches of the trees.

Durango Train Winter Rides

Cascade Canyon Winter Excursion


Hop aboard the Durango train this winter and head to the gorgeous Cascade Canyon for some of the most beautiful scenery of the season. This trip takes you on a 26 mile journey down the Animas River and through a wintery San Juan National Forest. You will enjoy breathtaking icy views along the route and delight in the beauty of Cascade Falls in all its frozen glory.

Durango Train Winter Events

Christmas Tree Train

Not Offered In 2021

A great family event during the holiday season, the Christmas Tree Train is the regular excursion to Cascade Canyon, but with quite the twist. Come on this train ride prepared to cut down your own Christmas tree and haul it back to Durango on the steam train. Bring along your mittens and enjoy some hot cocoa on this train ride!

Polar Express Train

Future Dates TBA

Be apart of the classic story of a child's Christmas Eve journey come to life aboard the Durango train's Polar Express. This popular train ride includes characters from the original story like Hero Boy, Billy, Santa, and the elves all aboard the historic steam train. Enjoy hot chocolate and a Christmas treat served by personal chefs, and listen to the Polar Express story on your way to the North Pole.

Event Info

Snowdown Balloon Rally Train

Not Offered In 2021

Celebrate one of Durango's oldest and most infamous annual events with the Snowdown hot air balloon ascension. Ride the train to Animas Valley and watch the hot air balloons ascend from up close in the comfort of your heated train coach. After the ascension, the train will continue to Cascade Canyon. You can enjoy snacks and beverages from the bar aboard this train.

Romance On The Rails

Not Offered In 2021

A great way to celebrate Valentine's Day with someone you love, the Romance On The Rails Brunch Train allows you to experience turn of the century ambiance aboard the steam powered train chugging alongside the Animas River. Gaze upon the pristine wintertime wilderness on your ride to Cascade Canyon. As a bonus for premium class passengers, you'll get to enjoy live music, chocolate, sparkling wine, and a fresh cut rose. Official date will be updated when information becomes available.

Winter Photographer's Special

Not Offered In 2021

If you're a photography aficionado, you're not going to want to miss the Durango train's annual winter photographer special. This is an extraordinary opportunity for passengers to ride the train out to the Animas Canyon and hop off to capture some beautiful shots of the authentic steam train amidst the wintertime scenery.

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