Come along for an exciting and unique “train and trekking” adventure aboard one of the greatest train routes in the country! The Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was built in 1881 and served as carrier of mining ore that came out of the San Juan Mountains. It now carries alpine-bound explorers through a rugged and remote canyon on its way up to the historic mining community of Silverton, Colorado. On our first day together, we will load our packs in the van and head to Durango and step back in time as we embark on a train-assisted journey into the Colorado high country. After an evening of menu planning and packing 101, we will board our train bright and early with nothing but our packs and our sense of adventure! We will travel in open-air train cars that allow for stunning views of the majestic mountains all around us. Our adventure continues as we exit the train at Elk Park where we will begin our trek into the wilderness to set up our basecamp for two days and nights of exploring the amazing Weminuche Wilderness. This vast expanse of valleys, creeks, wildflowers, waterfalls and soaring peaks is the largest designated wilderness in Colorado and will be the backdrop of our alpine adventure. On our final day, we will return to the train route where we will board the Silverton-bound train and return to civilization, and have a group celebration in Ouray!
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General Program Schedule:
Monday: Meet and greet! Introductory local hike, meal planning and packing workshop.
Tuesday: Pack up the van and head to Durango! Prep for backcountry overnights and camp at Junction Creek.
Wednesday: Catch the Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad Train to Elk Park! Hike to the beaver pond and set up camp.
Thursday: Day hike to Vestal Creek and explore the Weminuche Wilderness. Backcountry cuisine and campfire games.
Friday: Early AM hike back to the train. Group celebration on the way back to Telluride. Parent pick-up.
*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first
day of the program. Schedule subject to change.
This is a SAMPLE itinerary from a previous summer. Specific activities will vary from year to year.