Explore the West’s historic railways and Rocky Mountains with five of its best known train adventures. Starting in Denver, the three-foot narrow gauge Georgetown Loop Railroad has drawn sightseers since its 1880s completion. Enjoy its three-mile course from Georgetown to Silver Plume, not to mention its four bridges, two loops, and Clear Creek Valley view.
Consider, too, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, known for its stop at one of the world’s tallest suspension bridges. Watch for the “Hanging Bridge” that crosses the region’s “great chasm.” Beginning in Canyon City, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad attracts visitors with its beautiful scenery, lofty bridges, and even a nearby amusement park.
In Durango, Colorado, the steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad boasts a 45.2 mile length, a three foot gauge, and over a century of history. By either a coach or gondola, relax through its three and half hour long trek towards Silverton, along the nature scenes of the Rockies and the Animas River. With a two-hour layover in Silverton, consider a restful afternoon of lunching and shopping around the town.
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad may begin in New Mexico, but its journey towards Antonito, Colorado highlights memorable Colorado nature views such as the San Juan Mountains and the 10,015 ft Cumbres Pass. Start the day in the New Mexico city of Chama, and later ride through the rail’s namesake, Toltec Gorge.
Not far from the San Juan Mountains, the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad runs from Alamosa to La Veta. Stopping at Fort-Garland and Fir-Summit along the way, the railroad passes the natural beauty of nearby Sandre de Cristo Mountains and Cole Park.
No matter the railroad, Colorado’s top five railways will bring an exciting new crop of photos and memories.