Ruins & Rails Package

The Ruins and Rails Package - Durango Train and Mesa Verde National Park TourStay two nights in "Old West" Durango and one night in Cortez, Colorado as you experience the two most sought-after attractions in Southwest Colorado - a round trip train ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and an amazing tour of Mesa Verde National Park, one of only 20 World Heritage sites in the United States.

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    Package Includes:
  • (2) Nights in Durango at your choice of select lodging (choose from motels, hotels, cabins, B&B inns, condos, and vacation homes).
  • (2) Round-trip tickets on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (choose train car type and class of service).
  • Entrance into the Durango railroad museum.
  • (1) Night at the Far View Lodge (in the park) or in nearby Cortez at your choice of offered lodging.
  • Your choice between an all-inclusive full-day tour or a half-day, ranger led bus tour of Mesa Verde.
  • Add extra nights to your trip (in Durango, Cortez, or Silverton)
  • Add optional, discounted activities to your itinerary (river trips, 4x4 tours, horseback rides, hot-air balloon ride, and more)
  • Train Upgrades (limited availability) - Presidential Cinco Animas, First-Class Open or Closed Coach Cars, Deluxe-Class Cars and Optional Coach Bus/Train Combinations.

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Package Description:

This popular three-night vacation package combines your lodging with the two most sought-after attractions in Southwest Colorado - The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Mesa Verde National Park.

Your first two nights you'll stay in Durango, Colorado, at your choice of select lodging options.  A variety of lodging types and locations are available to suit any budget and personal preferences.

The Durango Train against the Needles Mountains BackdropYour first morning in Durango you'll ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which winds through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest. You will relive history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear on this 1882 adventure from Durango to Silverton, Colorado. The coal-fired, steam-operated locomotives are maintained in their original 1923-1925 vintage condition. In Durango, take time to enjoy the Railroad Museum, located in the rail yard roundhouse featuring full-size locomotives, maps, photos, artwork, memorabilia, and authentic collectibles. While in Silverton enjoy lunch and stroll this historic town's many quaint shops.

You will return to Durango early evening. You'll have time to browse the downtown shops, have a fabulous dinner at one of Durango's many fine eating establishments, or even take in an evening show such as the Durango Melodrama and Vaudeville.

Ruins at Mesa Verde National Park - The Cliff PalaceOn Day 2 of your trip, you will take a scenic 1 hr. and 15 min. drive on Highway 160 East to Mesa Verde National Park. (Park entrance fee is included in the full day "Ruins and Rails" tour price but is not included in 1/2 day tour package price. Gold passes are accepted.) Mesa Verde National Park is home to the ancient ruins of the Pueblo Indians (formerly known as Anasazi), a thriving culture and creative people who lived in magnificent cliff dwellings of hand-hewn stone - over six centuries ago! The readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine rated this internationally known treasure "the #1 historic monument destination of the world!"

With two options to choose from, you can choose the Mesa Verde Tour that is right for your family. Take a full day tour with the "Ruins and Rails" tour provided by Mesa Verde Tours - enjoying a full service tour that includes lunch, refreshments and all of your park fees. This tour will take you on a fascinating journey through time with a modern interpretation of the architecture, anthropology and culture of the ancient Puebloan peoples (formerly known as the Anasazi). For a shorter trip option, make the most of your visit to Mesa Verde National Park with a three-hour, fascinating ranger guided bus tour. This tour does not include entrance to the park or lunch but has two different departure times for your convenience. The morning tour departs 8:00AM; the afternoon tour departs 1:00 PM. Professional park guides will bring the history to life while you explore the haunting cliff dwellings - the largest in North America.

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*Package price varies based on travel dates, lodging selected, optional activities added, and train car selections.

Note: Train tickets for children under age 4 are free if seated on an adult's lap. If the child requires a seat, a child's ticket must be purchased.