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Durango Silverton Railroad Part of Guided Mount Rushmore Tours
Relive part of our early American history on Colorado’s famous and scenic Durango Silverton narrow gauge railroad, in operation for over 125 years!
The Durango Silverton Railroad is part of Caravan Tours fully escorted Mount Rushmore & Yellowstone adventure sightseeing tour which also includes Grand Tetons National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Crazy Horse National Monument.
Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The railroad arrived in Durango in 1881 and by the summer of 1882 the narrow gauge railway to Silverton had also been completed.
From the very beginning the Durango Silverton railway was promoted as a scenic route for passenger service even though it was initially constructed to haul gold, silver and other mine ores. By 1906, tourism potential had dramatically increased with the creation of nearby Mesa Verde National Park.
For over 125 years this historic, vintage coal-fired, steam powered train has been in continuous operation. This early American narrow gauge railroad from a bygone era are the same railway tracks taken by old west miners, cowboys and early settlers dating back to the 1800’s.
It is also estimated that over $300 million in precious metals have been transported over the Durango Silverton railway.
Durango Silverton railway winds through spectacular, virtually untouched wilderness canyons in the remote area of the two million acre San Juan National Forest.
Owned and operated by American Heritage Railways, the locomotives used to pull today’s train are 1923-25 vintage and remain 100% coal-fired and steam operated, providing year-round passenger rail service.
Mount Rushmore & Yellowstone Adventure Tour Highlights
The Durango Silverton narrow gauge railroad is just one of the many historical attractions included in Caravan’s Mount Rushmore & Yellowstone park adventure vacation tour. Other stops include Wild Bill Hickcock’s early frontier town of Deadwood plus Custer’s last stand at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and a Snake River escorted float trip through Grand Tetons Park.
Caravan Tours has been a family owned and operated tour company since 1952, offering affordable, fully escorted, all-inclusive tours throughout North and Central America.
For more information about the Durango Silverton narrow gauge railroad or about our escorted Mount Rushmore & Yellowstone Park adventure vacation tour or to make Reservations, please call Caravan Tours Toll Free at 1-800-227-2826 or 312-321-9800.
Day 1 – Rapid City, South Dakota - See some of America’s grandest sights! Your western adventure begins in Rapid City, South Dakota. Transfer from the Rapid City Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle to your centrally located hotel for a two night stay. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Join Caravan for a 7:00 p.m. welcome briefing.
Day 2 – Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse - Enjoy a morning visit to Mt. Rushmore National Monument and the sculpted faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln. Next, drive to Crazy Horse Memorial. Started over 50 years ago, and still under construction, the memorial is the world’s largest sculpture in progress. Chief Standing Bear told the sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too.” The monument is a tribute to the Sioux Lakota Indian leader known as Crazy Horse. Here, Indian artisans showcase their arts and crafts and visit with guests. Visit the Indian Museum of North America. Return through the Black Hills to Rapid City. Free time to explore the historic district and stroll the Presidential Walk with life-size statues of American Presidents. B.
Day 3 – Little Big Horn, Montana - Enter the range lands and oil fields of Wyoming and head west across the high plains. Visit the old western cowboy town of Sheridan. Enjoy lunch. Next, enter Montana, “Big Sky Country.” Enjoy a brief visit to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in the Crow Nation. Here, in 1876, in the Valley of Little Big Horn, combined Sioux and Northern Cheyenne forces led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse overwhelmed General Custer and his cavalry. Continue to Billings, nestled between the Yellowstone River and the Rimrocks. Explorers Lewis & Clark camped near here in 1806. Visit a wild west museum. BL
Day 6 – Grand Tetons, Jackson - This morning enter Grand Teton National Park. See the jagged, soaring Teton Range with peaks over 12,000 feet. Scenes from the movie “Shane” were filmed here. Stop at pristine Jenny Lake. Then, enjoy a picnic lunch near the banks of the Snake River. Weather and river conditions permitting, an unforgettable float trip awaits you on the majestic Snake River. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound as you float through the park. Watch for waterfowl, beaver, osprey and eagles. Then, to Jackson. Free time to explore the charming downtown. Stroll the art galleries and western shops. See the Antler Arch at the entrance to historic Jackson town square. You may wish to visit the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, with bar stools made from horse saddles. Elevation in Jackson is approximately 6,300 feet. BL
Day 7 – Tetons, Oregon Trail, Idaho - Drive south through the Bridger-Teton National Forest this morning. Enter Idaho and travel along the route of the original “Oregon Trail.” Visit the National Oregon Trail Center. Drive by Soda Springs and visit the resort town of Lava Hot Springs. Continue to Salt Lake City, Utah, the state capital. Afternoon visit to Temple Square with its spacious gardens and fountains. See the Mormon Tabernacle, home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (unless closed to the public due to a religious ceremony). Enjoy a farewell dinner. BD
Day 8 – Salt Lake City, Utah - Your tour ends after breakfast at your hotel in Salt Lake City. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. B
Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
Caravan's Proud History
In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
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