The era of train travel may have come and gone but for many a journey by train continues to stir nostalgia and a desire to connect with the past. Take a look at these 6 scenic train rides in Colorado that are out of this world.
Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
America’s most authentic steam-operated railroad, the Cumbres & Toltec, is a proud remnant of the spirit that won the West. In recognition for its place in our national history it was awarded National Historic Landmark Designation in 2012. Today the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad fulfills another important mission – taking passengers on the ride of a lifetime, connecting Colorado and New Mexico, the Mountains of the San Juans to the Conejos Valley, and allowing us to see where the deer and the antelope play.
Georgetown Loop Railroad
The Georgetown Loop Railroad was one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions. Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time. In 1973, the Colorado Historical Society began restoring the railroad as part of its 978-acre Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park.
Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Climb aboard Colorado’s most scenic train for a journey through the spectacular Royal Gorge. Since 1879, these tracks have followed the winding, tumbling Arkansas River deep within the soaring, 1,000-foot granite cliffs of Colorado’s Royal Gorge. The Royal Gorge Route is a quality, Colorado attraction – no thrill rides or cotton candy, just a focus on outstanding service, delicious food, and unique classes of service.
Durango & Silverton Narrow
Durango, Colorado was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881 and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. By July of 1882, the tracks to Silverton were completed, and the train began hauling both freight and passengers.
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Travel on the World’s Highest cog train, ascending Pikes Peak in all seasons. Enjoy the invigorating grandeur! Climb to 14,115 feet and experience the magnificent panoramas that inspired the song America the Beautiful.
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is the highest and longest route on standard gauge rail, but which ride to choose? Perhaps daytime rides over historic La Veta Pass with steep grades, wildlife sightings and narrated tales of railroad and mining history? Or weekend train rides to a mountaintop concert? Maybe a sunset dinner train is just the ticket? We say why choose? Come explore all the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad has to offer. All aboard!