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Train Rides

Colorado Railroad ToursOne of the best ways to experience Colorado's rich mining history is by train. Historic railroads can be found throughout the state, and offer a variety of tours and excursions.  Whether you are hoping to entertain the kids or simply looking to get some unique photos to take home after you vacation, a train ride is the perfect attraction for your itinerary.

Scenic railroad tours provide unparalleled scenery and can often give you an opportunity to catch vistas that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to access. Not only will you be transported into the wilderness, but you’ll often be raised up on trestles above the natural landscape, so you’ll have plenty of chances to get that perfect photo. Options can vary from mountainsides to deep river gorges and everything in between.

Be sure to keep an eye out for Colorado’s abundant and diverse wildlife as you ride along. Depending on where in Colorado your train is located, you may see deer, elk, foxes, bighorn sheep, or mountain goats.

Historic railroad tours take you through mining territory and other historical sites while a narrator provides stories of the area and the people who lived and worked there. You can also find rail tours that provide additional access to historical mines and points of interest. Some railroads offer tours to archaeological sites and national monuments where you can learn about the native people of the area, as well.

One of the biggest advantages of a train ride is that you are in an enclosed car, so you have access to seating, bathrooms and food even as you enjoy the splendor of the Rocky Mountains. A great way to enjoy these amenities is to take a dinner train ride, where you can relax and enjoy a delicious meal while learning about the history and taking in the views.

When planning your Colorado train ride, be sure to check for specialty tours, especially around the holidays. Whether you’re interested in a visit with Santa or one-of-a-kind fireworks displays, a Colorado train ride can provide that special experience.

No matter where you’re headed in Colorado, be sure to include a train ride in your itinerary.