A legendary US Train Vacation is The Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad which is the gateway to the spectacular vistas of the San Juan Mountains. Take a on a Colorado train vacation on the coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in its remote wilderness.
A US Train Vacation on the Durango-Silverton in the Rio Grande class gives you the possibility to relax in a roomier, adult atmosphere aboard the open-air observation gondola. This class features comfortable and larger overstuffed seats with more expansive viewing windows.
For something even more upscale the Alamosa Parlor Car, built in 1881, offers table and chair lounge-style seating for 24 passengers age 21 and over. The exclusive outdoor viewing platform completes the experience.
The Silver vista is one of our favorites its only narrow gauge glass-roofed observation car which offers unparalleled overhead views of the soaring canyon walls. A private outdoor viewing platform is also exclusive to this class. Just remember to dress for possible changing weather as this is an open-air car.
For a luxury train vacation go for the Presidential class which offer exclusive seating areas for its passengers.
A great way to experience the two most sought after attractions in Southwest Colorado is to ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad one day and the next make the most of your day at Mesa Verde National Park ( a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with a guided tour.
Mesa Verde National Park is open year-round, but some facilities, tours, and access to archeological sites are seasonal.
Best time to visit
Mesa Verde National Park has mild to hot weather during summer months. During some winters, the weather is also mild. Snow storms can occur as late as May and as early as October, but usually both of these months are pleasant. June through September are warm to hot, with cool evenings. Afternoon thunderstorms are common during July and August.
The stunning landscape of Southwest Colorado, near Four Corners, is the backdrop as you explore Mesa Verde National Park and numerous ruins of homes and villages built by the ancient Anasazi. The Anasazi made this stone village their home in the 1200s AD. It is best known for several spectacular cliff dwellings — structures built within caves and under outcroppings in cliffs — including Cliff Palace, which is thought to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America.
Combine your US train vacation with a horseback riding vacations
Leave Durango on the 8:15am steam engine train bound for Silverton knowing that your adventure is just starting.
Your horse will be waiting for you at Elk Park San Juan when you disembark the train. From the Animas river you will ride up the Colorado Trail to the top of Molas Pass stopping along the way for a campfire grilled lunch.
From there a a shuttle will take you into Silverton in time to catch the 3:30pm train back to Durango.
Make a stop in Durango, restaurant heaven, with everything from fine, fanciful dining to pubs. If you’re thinking of a honeymoon retreat check out the Durango Mountain Resort.
For more about US Train Vacation Packages try:
Durango Train or better yet call 1-888-872-4607 and ask for the packages desk.
For couples who enjoy hiking on their own the Needleton stop offers me great opportunities after you cross the suspension bridge over the Animas river. The higher you climb the more spectacular the scenery becomes with vast flowery meadows and views of the rugged mountains.