These 6 Epic Train Rides In Colorado Are Out Of This World!

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!

 

 

120 comments
Connie Trammell
Connie Trammell

Rode the Durango Silverton in October a few years ago. The leaves had turned and it was cool, but not cold. A beautiful trip that I will never forget and would love to take again!

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Stephen Friedemann

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Kayla Gray
Kayla Gray

These look awesome! We are definitely doing the pikes peak one but now I'm interested in the royal gorge!

Christina Garcia
Christina Garcia

Tobby Gonzales Jr Angela Vasquez Rosie Gonzales. What do you guys think? Save for bucket list?

Oz Miller
Oz Miller

watch out for the steamv :-)

Patti Barnes
Patti Barnes

Looks like the Georgetown Loop train. My girlfriend from Chicago and I are thinking about doing this this Thursday.

Bobby Hernandez
Bobby Hernandez

Been on cumbres and the the royal gorge. The are outstanding

Sara Hull
Sara Hull

Samantha Gehrels Steven Smith check these out and let me know what looks the most fun!

Michael Darlson
Michael Darlson

James Darlson Meghan Cavanaugh Darlson just a thought for future family vacation, would love to see you all out here :)

Elizabeth Sanchez
Elizabeth Sanchez

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