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The Train ride Scenery

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The Train ride Scenery


Plan to be in Durango two nights/one day in June. Was looking at some video of the Durango-Silverton train, what are the scenery during the ride, do you see mountain top, or you just follow the river ?

If not taking the train, any daily roadtrip to enjoy scenic view by car ?



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1. Re: The Train ride Scenery

no idea on the train-- we opted to drive the San Juan skyway instead. From Durango to Ouray. Follows the tops of the mountains, so to speak-- beautiful drive!

Depending on where you are headed next? We drove to Ouray, then over to Mesa Verde for our next stop.

2nd trip, we stayed in Montrose for the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, then down the San Juan skyway to Durango, then over to Bluff, Utah. Just saying-- you can include that drive towards your next stop.

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2. Re: The Train ride Scenery

There's an auto road which goes in parallel to that rail road too, meaning your scenery would be pretty much the same - beautiful mountains and rock around you.

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3. Re: The Train ride Scenery

From someone who has both driven highway 550 (part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway) between Durango and Silverton and ridden the train, let me assure you it is NOT the same!

Here is the same question on another post.


I do suggest you take the train to Silverton and the bus back to Durango. Taking the train as a round trip gets long. Sit on the right hand side.

If you do not take the train, drive highway 550 all the way to Ouray.


This link gives you information on the drive.

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4. Re: The Train ride Scenery

I have also driven the road and taken the train, and I agree with fv--the scenery is not the same as what you see from the highway for most of the trip. For the very best use of time, I often recommend the train/jeep tour combination package. durangotrain.com/packages/…trails-and-rails

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5. Re: The Train ride Scenery

The train goes up the Animas River valley - between the mountains. You see plenty of mountain tops, along with waterfalls (depending on time of year and snow melt). You will ride along a cliff edge above the Animas River. You will not see scenery like it driving up route 550.

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6. Re: The Train ride Scenery

IMO, the roaring rapids of the river make the train ride a must-do in and of themselves. The scenery from the road (which is higher) is very different than the scenery when you're down in the gorge on the train, as several others have said. The drive is worth doing as well--two totally different experiences!

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