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Input on planning our time in Durango - Silverton rr and rafting question

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We'll be spending about 3 days in Durango with our 11yo children in August.

I would like to take the Silverton rr one way - is it better to take it to Silverton from Durango and then bus back? Or the reverse? Where do we see the better scenery? Any other tips about the railroad experience?

We also would like to do some whitewater rafting...is that good to do in Durango or is it better to do when I'm up in Aspen where I'll be for a few days?

Any other musts for Durango and or Ouray? We'll be in Ouray for a day and was told to do a jeep tour.

Thanks for any input!!

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