The train / bus trip to Silverton
Favorite thing: "A trip to Yesterday" is written on your Souvenir Ticket. We bought the ticket 1 day ahead for the bus ride to Silverton and back by the Durango & Silverton narrow gauge railroad.
The bus has to go over 2 passes. The first one called Coal Bank Pass (10'650 f), the second one the Molas Pass at 10'910 f. The landscape is really very pretty: rocks, forests, beautiful homes, many aspens, small waterfalls and deep blue lakes. The very cold lake Molas (near the pass) with only 34° F is well known by the fishermen!
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Favorite thing: The train has 2 water stops on the way from Silverton to Durango. Both are picturesque spots. The Animas River changes from one side to the other so everybody gets a good view. The canyon itself becomes very narrow but is rather short. We even saw 2 kajaks on the river through the canyon.
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Favorite thing: Durango has approximately 14,000 residents. As one person put it, Durango is a big small town. The low population density is evident in this photo which shows how far apart the houses are and how much wide open undeveloped space there is.
If you don't like the outdoors, forget it.
Favorite thing: I am not an outdoor person. Generally speaking, I have no desire to go outside except to get into my car. Needless to say, in Durango I am like a fish out of water. Durango was created for those poor deluded souls who live for a good hike, bike ride or kayak trip. For those of you who are like me, go someplace else. Las Vegas, New York, Phoenix, Tulsa - anyplace but Durango.
Fondest memory: There is really nothing to do in Durango once you have gone to the Bar D Chuckwagon Dinner, The Melodrama and taken the Train. The bars, if you want to call them that, are laughable imitations and Cheers wannabes without evidence of a single original thought by the designers or decorators. The sidewalks roll up at about 10 pm and you might as well be 80 years old if you want to have fun any later than that.
The train trip from Durango to...
Favorite thing: The train trip from Durango to Silverton is a definite MUST when visiting Durango. If the price is too steep, consider a one-way train trip, boarding a bus to Silverton and taking the train back.
Fondest memory: This city has lots of walking trails and parks, my favorite is the paved trail along the Animas River which runs through the city.
Take time to see the old...
Favorite thing: Take time to see the old trains and the coal mines.
Fondest memory: Meeting a guy who is from my hometown in this ice cream parlor. Proves that the world is indeed, a small place! Along with that, seeing a Merrill Lynch retail office in the town. You can never be too far away from where you work!!
Favorite thing: Built in 1887, the Strater Hotel is located Main Avenue.
It is the main landmark of Durango with its red bricks.
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Hike and bike. I've been told...
Favorite thing: Hike and bike. I've been told that I absolutely must take the narrow gauge train ride, but I haven't done it yet. Can't imagine sitting still for that long.
OK, just to be fair, here's...
Favorite thing: OK, just to be fair, here's one for all you single guys. Angie Denise invites y'all to visit her in Durango also :-)
Fondest memory: Meeting really nice people.
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