Kids – of all ages – love riding on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, a narrow gauge railroad with tracks first laid in 1884. These tracks cling to the mountainside with horseshoe curves and are laid over four high bridges between Georgetown and neighboring Silver Plume. (Expect a few gasps from people peering out the window as you go over the trestle bridges.)
The train travels at 10 miles per hour affording a leisurely opportunity to enjoy the scenery. The round trip ride takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. You’ll also get to see the train park with an 1884 depot and reconstructed period buildings.
Lebanon Silver Mine
If you’ve never seen the inside of a silver mine, pay the extra fee to stop and tour the Lebanon Silver Mine. During the tour you’ll go 500 feet into the mine, dug in the 1870’s, see silver veins and learn about hard rock mining more than 100 years ago.
The tour, which takes about an hour and 15 minutes, requires walking over gravel and boardwalks and unfortunately is not ADA accessible. It’s only 44-degrees Fahrenheit in the mine so bring a jacket.
The mine tour cannot be accessed separately. You must take the train ride to stop at the mine. Check current prices for mine tour when booking your train ride.
The railroad operates daily from May 1- Oct 11.and on weekends after October 11, weather permitting. Heated coaches are used in the fall.
Reservations are strongly recommended, especially in the summer.
You can book tickets online or by phone. Summertime traffic can be heavy on I-70, so allow time, especially on weekends, for the drive.
You can buy tickets at the Devil’s gate station in Georgetown (I-70 Exit 228, turn right at the visitors center and continue to Loop Drive) after 9:30am or at the Silver Plume Depot ( I-70 Exit 226) after 9am.
Trains only depart from Georgetown after Columbus Day.C heck the web site for specialty tours such as the adults only Santa’s Holiday Lights Party. The train is ADA accessible. Strollers and care seats are not permitted.