It also stops for a party in San Juan National Forest. 

Talia Avakian
August 16, 2018

If you’re a fan of craft beer and nature, there’s a Colorado train ride that was made for you — but it only comes around once or twice a year.

The Durango Brew Train, which takes passengers along the Animus River while they sample local craft beers, is typically run twice a year, in early and late September. In 2018, due to mud slides, there will only be one trip, on Sept. 29. 

As part of the experience, you’ll board a vintage 1920s steam train with several local brewers, each of whom will give you samples of their beers ranging from IPAs to stouts.

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The brewers on board will be happy to teach beer lovers about the history of some of their favorite beers and give out inside tips on brewing at home.

You'll find first class seats for $180 in glass dome cars and standard seats with window views or open gondola seats facing the scenery for $116. Prices include tax and tip.

The train will glide along tracks hundreds of feet above the Animus River, one of the last remaining free flowing rivers in the western U.S., starting off in the San Juan Mountains before riding past some of Colorado's most spectacular canyon scenery.

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You’ll see farmlands, old stagecoach roads, remote power plants, old mining camps, snow-capped mountain peaks that soar over 14,000 feet, and wildlife that range from deer and elk to black bears, bighorn sheep, geese, and foxes.

The train will also stop at Cascade Canyon in the wilderness portion of the San Juan National Forest, where you’ll be treated to a two-hour party consisting of live music, Bavarian treats like pretzels, and of course, beer.

Courtesy of Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Courtesy of Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

You’ll want to book your tickets quick before they sell out, but if you can't make it, Durango offers several other train excursions, including a wine train

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