Date: Nov. 17, 2022
A lot of people don’t realize how many great train rides Colorado has to offer! Whether you want to take in the scenery on the route between Denver and Durango, or explore some of the state’s most famous landmarks, you’ll find an excellent ride right here in your home state. Here are 5 can’t-miss train rides in Colorado, whether you’re an out-of-state visitor or native looking to explore something new!
1) Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Santa Tracker is a yearly tradition on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The train travels from Durango to Silverton and back, making stops at each station to allow passengers to visit with Santa and purchase gifts for their family. This Christmas tradition has been going strong since 1887, when the railroad first began operating.
2) Georgetown Loop Railroad
If you’re looking for a more unique train experience, head to Georgetown Loop Railroad. In addition to an interesting 45-minute ride through the Rocky Mountains (complete with historic costumed figures), the trains offer Santa Tracker rides during the holiday season. Visit their website for more information about ticket prices and availability.
3) Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
Riding the Santa Tracker Express is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for kids of all ages. You’ll head out for a memorable journey through the Rocky Mountains and enjoy a family holiday tradition that includes singing cowboy music and spotting deer, elk, moose and wild turkey from the comfort of your coach. The best part? There’s no need to worry about falling asleep on this trip because you’ll be riding along with Santa as he delivers presents to good boys and girls all over the world!
4) Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Santa Tracker is a free service that allows you to track Santa and his progress as he makes his way around the world on Christmas Eve. You can even sign up to be notified when Santa arrives at your house!
1) Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad – C&TSRR is a favorite stop for families because it combines the best of both worlds: train ride, and family fun. Santa Tracker keeps children and adults alike entertained with their countdown of Santa’s whereabouts. Don’t forget to bring cookies or carrots to feed the reindeer along the route!
5) Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Pikes Peak Cog Railway is the highest cog railway in America and offers an exhilarating ride to the summit of Pikes Peak. You can see breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and enjoy a slice of Americana with Santa Tracker, a live webcam that streams Santa as he travels around the world delivering presents to all the good boys and girls.