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Back to the wild wild west!
Touristy... of course
In a nutshell
This town is simply a must! The best old west town I yet visited
Lots of tourists take a ride on the authentic turn of the century steam powered scenic railroad from Durango to Silverton and back.
The ride goes through the beautiful San Juan Mountains at about 18 miles/hour and it takes 3 1/2 hours to travel the 45 miles one way.
Once in Silverton, there is a layover of two hours and fifteen minutes.
This service begins May 10th and runs trough the end of october.
We didn't ride the train. Though I am sure it is a "must do", we thought it would be a waist of time to spend so much time on the train.
We think the engine is extremely impressive and nice to look at, so we saw it depart and arrive both in Durango and Silverton and enjoyed the view of the riding train instead of sitting in it.
Written Feb 21, 2005
Favorite thing: Along the Million Dollar Highway we saw remains of what once was a flourishing mine industry. Strange how Americans travel to Europe to see majestical castles while we travel all the way to the Old West to see ruins of wooden sheds. Couldn't get enough of it...
Written Mar 19, 2006