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Crazy about steam engines

Durango is still a young town. It was established in 1881 as the hub of the Denver and Rio Grande rail system to transport precious metal ores from the mountains to the smelters in Durango.

Today, the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauche Railroad makes the same breath-taking trip for thousands of tourists every year.

The town itself is not large. Compared to Silverton, this town is fresh, but less original. Sideways are no gravel roads anymore.
There are lots of nice shops on Main Avenue. The prices are correspondingly high.

The Station and it's museum at the end of Main Avenue are the heart of the town and certainly worth the visit.
We loved it!

It was the first town of that kind we visited.
Our sons remarked: "This is Disneyland Main Street, the genuine!"

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful station and steam engines!
  • Cons:None
  • In a nutshell:Great place for those who like steam engines!
  • Last visit to Durango: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    This looks like a great place to visit, especially because of the railroad museum.

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    1881 doesn't sound so young...Are you saying that Belgians eat only low-calorie food? Today is the last day of Hannukah, when Israelis eat tons of jelly donuts. Maybe we should vacation there now to take off a few pounds...LOL

  • Jul 8, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    YES - the Blackened Salmon Salad is perfection on a plate. Mine had a very large chunk of expertly cooked salmon with grilled peaches and avacado slices - wow - it was delicious! Don't tell them, but I would have paid waaayy more than $8.95...

  • Marisola's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Did you go rafting here? Is it safe?

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2007 at 3:45 AM

    Thank you for the great tips. The museum sure seems a Must See. Can't wait!


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