The Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is one of the best fun-filled events for the entire family in Colorado. The historic train ride through the San Juan Mountains has been in operation for over 120 years - built in 1881, steam locomotives were used to carry silver and gold from the San Juan Mountains during the booming mining days. From Durango to Silverton, embark on an unforgettable 45 mile (one way) journey along the Animas River with amazing views of Colorado's canyon scenery. Pass by old mining camps, 14,000 foot peaks, and much more beautiful Southwest Colorado terrain. This would be a perfect day trip activity for the family departing from Telluride.