Durango & Silverton Dinosaur Train

Whoa. Dinosaurs. Trains. Dinosaurs and trains? We need to be 4-year-olds again, stat, because we just heard that the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is bringing back the Jim Henson Dinosaur Train in June for the second year.

A T-rex and train walk into a bar... (Copyright Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.)
A T-rex and train walk into a bar… (Source: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.)

The event is based on the PBS KIDS television show, Dinosaur Train, and young passengers will get to meet Buddy, the show’s bright orange Tyrannosaurus rex.

The 2.5-hour ride starts at the Durango depot, where passengers board the train (pulled by an authentic steam locomotive), which takes them to the Nature Trackers Adventure Area. During the trip, kids will enjoy music, stories and, duh, the ride itself. When they arrive at the adventure area, children will have 1.5 hours to play in the “fossil” dig site, track dinosaurs and take a photo with Buddy before they board the train to head back to the Durango depot.

The Dinosaur Train departs two or three times daily June 8-10 and June 14-16. You can make reservations on the Durango & Silverton website, and, if you’re staying in the area, be sure to make reservations at the Durango Quality Inn.

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