Our beautiful state boasts world-renowned terrain celebrated for its scenic vistas, soaring mountains, and lush forests. One of the best ways to see colorful Colorado is from a cozy train car, comfortably slipping over mountains and through valleys. Here are some of our state’s most scenic railroad rides.
In 1905, Teddy Rosevelt called this route the “trip that would bankrupt the English language”. This scenic route cuts down into the Royal Gorge and passes alongside steep, rugged cliffs. Guests may choose from various classes of service, including a ride with the engineer, comfortable seats in the Vista Dome, or a first class meal in the dinner train. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad offers guests an authentic, high-end train ride experience with breathtaking views, delicious cuisine, and cozy train cars.
These southwestern Colorado towns transport visitors to the area’s historic and iconic past. The original 1880’s train has been lovingly maintained and still departs from its original depot. The ride takes passengers through the steep canyons within the San Juan National Forest and is open year-round. Surprise your loved one, take the family for a winter adventure, or treat out-of-town visitors to the experience of a lifetime on the D&S Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Voted one of the top ten scenic train rides by USA Today’s Readers Choice Awards, this is an adventure not to be missed. The coal-fired steam engine takes passengers through Colorado’s high desert terrain, into canyons, and through lush meadows. The route meanders 64 miles along the Colorado and New Mexico border at a casual 12 mph. This ride offers a truly unique experience in lesser known areas of our state.
The southern portion of the Rocky Mountains is home to a remote wilderness that proves difficult to access. Because of its tough terrain, this isolated, rugged region is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad departs from Alamosa and takes passengers over La Veta Pass, where they can spy extinct cinder cone volcanoes, sweeping valleys, and the whitecapped peaks peppering the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Witness Colorado’s southern mountain ranges from the comfort of an elegant train car.
For a family-friendly train ride, visit Cripple Creek and climb aboard the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. The 45-minute ride winds four miles through old mining encampments, Echo Valley, and over a reconstructed train trestle. The engineer offers a narrated history of the area’s rich mining past and stops at interest points along the way for fun photo ops. After a morning ride, spend the afternoon walking around the quaint town of Cripple Creek.
Colorado’s scenic, historic railroads offer visitors a chance to experience our state’s unique history while witnessing the mountains from an entirely new perspective. Stay warm this winter and enjoy the mountains from the comfort and convenience of an elegant, cozy train car.