As much as I hate winter, I have to confess - the idea of a train ride through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is extremely appealing.

It's One of Colorado's Most Popular Attractions

One of Colorado's most popular attractions is the famous Durango & Silverton Railroad that features roundtrip excursions between Durango and Silverton. In all my years in Colorado, I've never taken the trip. Every time I see photos from somebody's trek on the railroad, I wonder why I've never done this. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking.

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A Winter Train Ride Is a Great Idea

While most people probably take the train during summer vacations, winter is a fantastic time to do the trip and see the San Juan Mountains in a completely different way. In the summertime, the landscape is so green and plush and beautiful. During the winter, the Colorado green gives way to snow-covered mountains and trees and icy rivers and lakes, as you will see in the gallery below.

The Durango & Silverton Railroad offers winter excursions on select dates between November 20 and May 6. The trip from Durango to Cascade Canyon totals 26 miles each way for a breath-taking five-hour round trip experience.

No, I don't love the snow and cold that Old Man Winter brings to Colorado every year, but I do have a great appreciation for the beauty of the mountains any time of the year. This is one Colorado excursion that needs to go on the bucket list.

Western Colorado's Amazing Winter Train Ride

The Durango & Silverton Railroad's Cascade Canyon Winter Train is active from November until early May. Traveling through the San Juan Mountains is a fabulous way to experience the beauty of Colorado in the wintertime.

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