For a truly unique way to travel to remote parts of Colorado, check out the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Originally used to transport more than $300 million worth of precious metals from mines in the area, this 45-mile track now provides some of the best views in the state.
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The route was originally completed in 1882, connecting Durango to Silverton for the purpose of transporting passengers and freight.
The locomotives used on the track today are maintained 1923-25 vintage models still in their original condition.
Each year in early summer, the narrow gauge railway transforms into the Durango Blues Train, as several blues musicians hop aboard for a unique way to enjoy live music in the backcountry.
Some passengers use the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for hiking, hopping off to explore the San Juan National Forest and the Weminuche Wilderness.