A Royal Gorge Train ride is a trip through history and the opportunity to see some of the most incredible scenery in Colorado. The train leaves from Canon City, travels through the Royal Gorge alongside the Arkansas River reverses and returns to Canon City. The day trips during which you can enjoy breakfast or lunch take two hours. The dinner trip is two and a half hours.
As you travel along the river on a Royal Gorge Train ride you’ll see rafters negotiating the rapids. Looking up you’ll view the walls of the Gorge that rise over 1,000 feet above the river, and at one point pass under the Royal Gorge Bridge. You may even see bighorn sheep walking on the cliffs or drinking from the river. On the rock wall across the river you’ll see the remnants of the wooden pipes that brought water to Canon City. For a good history of the railroad, and the Railroad Wars, check out Coloradosceneryrails.com.
Like many railroads, the Royal Gorge Train has different classes of service and different menus. For a special experience ride upstairs in the Vista Dome and enjoy the five-course wine dinner. We recommend the prime rib. Periodically the Royal Gorge Train has special trips including Ales on Rails, Mother’s Day, and a Murder Mystery Ride. They are listed on the web site.
Dress appropriately for the weather. One of the best parts of the trip is the opportunity to ride in the open-air cars, where you can get a real sense of the gorge’s steep walls. Bring your camera with a full battery charge. To see if you can save a few bucks check Groupon and other internet sites before you purchase your tickets.