Between May and October, the steam trains of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad make up to three daily return trips along a spectacular route through the mountains. All trains leave the depot at 479 Main Ave, Durango, in the morning, with the first at 8am, and allow time for lunch in Silverton.

Reserve via 970 247 2733 or durangotrain.com. Basic summer fares are $85, $51 for kids 5–11; for shorter winter excursions they drop to $59 and $34 respectively.

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