Colorado’s most famous train has been in continual operation since 1881. In all that time, its route has never varied: up the Río de las Animas Perdidas (River of Lost Souls), through 45 miles of mountain and San Juan National Forest wilderness to the historic mining town of Silverton, and back. The coal-fired steam locomotives pull strings of gold-colored Victorian coaches on the 3,000-foot climb, past relics of mining and railroad activity from the last century. Summer trips take 3 1/2 hours each way, with a 2 1/4-hour stopover in the picturesque town of Silverton before the return trip. You can also overnight in Silverton and return to Durango the following day. Stops are made for water, and also at remote trailheads inaccessible by road. Refreshments and snacks are available on all trains. There are also first-class cars and cars available for charter. The ticket price includes entry to the depot museum, covering railroad history in Durango and the San Juan Mountains.