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Old 06-20-2013, 02:59 AM   #1
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We're planning on a trip to Durango because of my interest in seeing the Durango and Silverton Railroad. Any suggestions on a nice RV park in the area?
Also any other things to see in the area that might interest DW?

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Old 06-20-2013, 03:22 AM   #2
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We have stayed here, and found the place to be very nice indeed. We didn't spend the money on a riverside space, but we still had a river view.

The train ride we found to be too expensive, and talking to others we also found that most people found the ride very (too) long - especially since they had to make the return trip as well. With your special interest in trains this may be different for you. We opted to drive up to Silverton, and that gave us the opportunity to stop in many places and enjoy the view from a higher elevation. No regrets here.

Once in Silverton you will have to option to inspect the train and carriages up close, as it sits in the middle of town when of/unloading should you decide to take the car after all.

If you are going back to Arizona from Durango, may I STRONGLY recommend a trip going west on the 160. Then take the "loop" 162 and 163 until you hit 160 again. On route you can stay at the National Park at Mesa Verde, stay for free at Gooseneck State Park (civilized boondocking), and from here reach Mexican Hat and Monument Valley. This is one of the best trips that we ever made, and trust me - we have seen a lot of places.

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Old 06-20-2013, 05:02 AM   #3
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You aren't too far from Mesa Verde. That is well worth the trip. If you are interested in dry camping there are some NFS campgrounds between Durango and Silverton. If you are into scenery, the drive from Silverton to Ouray is also incredible.
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We did the trip from Ouray to Silverton and it was white knuckle all the way. Fantastic !

I expect that the scenery on the trip in the opposite direction my be even more spectacular. From what I have since read I regret that we did not take the time to explore Ouray as well.

While in Silverton take the time to visit the mining museum - one of the best I have ever seen.
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We stayed at Alpen Rose campground. Nice campground and nice people who run it. The train ride does not have to be in both directions. You can elect to go one way train and the other bus.
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We went rode train both ways and enjoyed it. We stayed in United Campground of Durango which is right north of downtown. The cool thing here is the train run literally right at the back of the campground and you get to watch the trains leave in the morning and come home in the afternoon. You can hear the whistle downtown in the morning so you when they are coming . Great photo oops !! If you like old mining history and beautiful country side etc research " Alpine Loop Jeep Rentals". They rent Jeep wranglers and give you a guided map/paper that you use the odometer to tell you where you go and information about what you are looking at. All the roads are old horse and wagon roads so nothing is steep or scary. Some roads are skinny and if you meet someone the downhill person backs up to a wider spot. It's really easy and the roads go over the tops of mountains etc with views you won't believe. There are many more roads etc but that one is popular.
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We've stayed here. Was really nice to have train pass thru park. My grand kids loved it.
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While I can't give info on campgrounds I can tell about he train. If you take the ride it will take all of you your day. however there are sights that you will NOT any other way. The railroad follows the river. Its quite relaxing and you do get some time in Silverton to shop,eat lunch and relax.
If you don't want the train ride the railroad has roundhouse/shop tours starting at 10AM (last years time)

If you are really pressed for time you can ride the train to Silverton and ride the bus back. It gets back quicker. (no extra cost If I remember right)
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Definitely take your wife on the train ride. The scenery is awesome and once you get to Silverton which is a neat authenic mining town there are some stores to poke around. As stated, you can ride the bus back to Durango which is a little faster. Durango also has nice shops for the wife! We would recommend you take a tour of Mesa Verde Nat'l Park west of Durango but it's a good distance from Durango. Instead, move over to that area. If you're heading east from Durango plan to stop for a night or two in Pagosa Springs and take advantage of the wonderful hot springs. There are approx. 20 concrete extremely clean pools of varying temps from the 80s to 115! Have fun.
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There are several nice Rv parks in Silverton also. One of our favorite things to do is be in Silverton at 1pm everyday to see the train come in. After the long climb through the mountains the steam engine seems alive! A nice day trip from Silverton or Durango is to ouray to soak in the huge public hot springs.
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Jeep rentals and offloading trips if you are into this type if thing.
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As alluded to above, I would HIGHLY recommend also staying in Silverton. It is so nice once the train leaves; you have a much less crowded town to enjoy. If you do not have a Jeep that you are towing, you can arrange rentals at the Silver Summit RV Park and Jeep Rentals, Silverton Colorado. Nice park and you can easily walk to town.
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I stayed a week in Silverton last year. one thing to add. Many places in town close up at 5PM other than the bars/some restaurants there isn't much to do at night.
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All good advice,,enjoy Durango, dont forget Pagosa Springs, San Juan river (fly fishing), Navajo lake state park.

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