Durango & Silverton train discounts: Choo-choo!

Hey, look at that. It’s Aug. 1. And you know what that means… No? You don’t? That means a whole lot of deals this month to ride the Durango and Silverton train.

You get to cross the Animas River on THIS.

You get to cross the Animas River on THIS.

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering a heap of discounts through August when you book the railroad’s bus/train combo trip. Riders can save 10 percent if they ride the bus to Silverton and take the train — pulled by a historic, coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive — back to Durango as it winds along the Animas River through the San Juan Mountains.

That means a little less time on the train but a little more money in your wallet. The discounted rates are available Aug. 2-5, Aug. 7-8, Aug. 10-13, Aug. 15, Aug. 17-21 and Aug. 23-31 — and the railroad may add more dates.

The bus leaves Durango at 9:30 a.m. and arrives in Silverton at 11 a.m., beating the train by 30 minutes and giving you an extra half hour to explore the downtown, browse some shops or grab a bite to eat. Your train back to Durango leaves at 1:45 p.m. and arrives at 5:15 p.m. — just in time for dinner or a drink at one of Durango’s breweries.

Seating for the discounted bus/train trips is limited, and tickets must be booked online, so make your reservations today and use offer code MAYDAY13 to receive the discount. While you’re at it, be sure to book your room at the Durango Quality Inn for your stay in Durango, Colorado!

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