Explore the history of Colorado on a scenic railroad
By Patte Smith; courtesy photo
Historic trains are a special experience while viewing colorful Colorado and learning about its railroad history. There are several scenic train rides throughout Colorado, some on narrow gauge tracks. Several lines offer themed and seasonal excursions, including special Christmas and Polar Express trains, so be sure to check each website for current programming. For additional information, visit https://www.colorado.com/articles/complete-guide-colorado-train-trips.
Royal Gorge Route Railroad starts and ends in Cañon City. Visit royalgorgeroute.com.
Georgetown Loop Railroad runs from Georgetown and Silver Plume. Visit georgetownlooprr.com.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, a National Historic Landmark, runs from Antonito, Colorado, and Chama, New Mexico. Visit cumbrestoltec.com.
Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad runs from Leadville and Climax. Visit leadville-train.com.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad runs from Durango and Silverton. Visit durangotrain.com.
Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad runs from Cripple Creek and Victor. Visit cripplecreekrailroad.com.
The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway reopens in May 2021. The world’s highest cog railway to the summit of Pikes Peak begins in Manitou Springs. Visit www.cograilway.com.
Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden offers special train ride events throughout the year. Visit coloradorailroadmuseum.org.