Scenic and Historic Trains

Welcome back to the romantic era of travel — seeing Colorado by rail. The moment you step aboard and the whistle blows, you'll be transported to an earlier time. So sit back, relax and take in the scenery in an experience you'll only find aboard one of Colorado's scenic and historic railways. You'll be rewarded with truly unique views in some of the state's most remote areas. 

Here are just a few of our scenic trains:

Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad: Enjoy a four-mile round-trip through historic Victor and past old mining sites, then back to the gold-rush town of Cripple Creek, now known for its low-stakes gambling as well as its restored Victorian-era town.

Cumbres & Tolec Scenic Railroad: The longest and highest narrow-gauge line in North America, it stretches 64 miles (103 km) from Antonito, Colorado to Chama, New Mexico. From an open-air sightseeing coach, you can take in the sights and enjoy on-train refreshments.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad: In its heyday, more than $300 million in gold and silver were hauled on the narrow-gauge tracks. Authentically restored 1880 passenger cars will sweep you into days gone by and abandoned mine sites and virgin forests, while chugging along the wild Animas River up into the San Juan Mountains, with a stop at the gold-mining-era town of Silverton, before returning to Durango.

Georgetown Loop Historic Mining and Railroad Park: You can hop on at either the Georgetown or Silver Plume Depot; this historic narrow-gauge railway loops through both as it makes its way through Clear Creek Canyon. Originally built in 1884, the railway is a major attraction in Georgetown, and it's easy to see why as you gaze out from open-air or covered cars at the rugged wilderness going by.

Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad: Nestling in the alpine valley under the shadow of Colorado's highest peak, Leadville was settled and developed by miners and merchants in the 1800s. Discover the mining and railway history of Leadville while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Arkansas River Valley as you travel to the Continental Divide.

Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway: The world's highest cog (rack) railway, this line takes passengers to the 14,110 ft (4,300 m) summit of Pikes Peak, and its one-of-a-kind views.

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad: Colorado's newest scenic train offers steam engine rides out of Alamosa. Enjoy hundreds of miles of historic rail, through mountain valleys and passes.

Royal Gorge Scenic Railway: The little train with big views of the spectacular Royal Gorge. An incline railway with open-air cars allowing breathtaking vistas of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Royal Gorge region on this three-mile, 30-minute round-trip ride.

Royal Gorge Route Railroad: This 1950s-era rail line forges through one of America's most spectacular canyons. Travel in comfortable cars (including three recently added historic observation dome cars) as you chug along the bottom of the gorge and look up 1,200 ft (366 m) to the Royal Gorge Bridge spanning the top.

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