The 45 mile Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been in existence since 1881. It was then used as an important mode of transport between the silver and gold mining ores in the San Juan mountains and the town of Durango. Today, the heritage railroad is an important transport line from the point of view of tourism and serves as an easy yet adventurous travel route to Silverton winding across the breathtaking canyons of the San Juan National Forest. The steam-powered locomotive which were then used by miners, are functional even today. A journey on one of these would take you through an adventure which is marked by spectacular views across the dense forest. Call or visit their website for group reservations.
Come be part of one of Durango's earliest churches at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. The history of St. Marks goes back to 1880 and the parish has continued to grow over the years. The church is very involved with the people of the community and organizes several events such as music and arts events, plays etc. The church promotes Adult Education and holds regular classes for the needy.
St. Columba Catholic Church goes back in time to 1881, when the initial structure of the church first began. After a lot of struggle, the parish itself was formed 35 years later. Even today, the stone structure of the building still maintains its olden day charm and grandeur. The parishioners here are very involved in the community and have regular drives to help uplift the poor and needy.
Located within the Colorado National Monument, Rim Rock Drive is a 23-mile (37.01 kilometers) stretch that provides breathtaking views of the red-rock canyons and scenery the region is famous for. A number of viewpoints and hiking trails, as well as Saddlehorn Visitor Center, are made easily accessible by Rim Rock Drive, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
Winding through an array of scenic sights, each more mesmerizing than the last, the San Juan Scenic Byway is an expansive route stippled with natural wonders and historic settlements. The landscape encompassing this picturesque highway unfurls like a dream, dazzling you with majestic peaks which loom over undulating fields, often punctuated by time-honored towns which paint an evocative picture of their history if you look deeper. This route is considered to be one of the most prominent in the country, a drive along its length promising breathtaking vistas, and is traversed by droves of tourists and locals alike who are drawn to its inimitable charm. Be it sprawling national forests or stunning valleys which beckon with their splendor, exploring this marvelous byway makes for an exhilarating expedition.