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Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Canon City, CO, USA
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About Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Experience America’s most spectacular rail journey aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. In 1905, President Teddy Roosevelt described it best as “the trip that bankrupts the English language!” This memorable train ride through the Colorado Rockies features gorgeous scenery, great service and delicious food, sourced locally and prepared fresh right on board the train for breakfast, lunch, afternoon and dinner excursions. The train is running at 9:30, 12:30, and 3:30 daily in Coach, Club, First Class Lunch and Vista Dome. First Class Dinner and Murder Mystery dinner trains run on weekends. Wine Dinners run in August and October, and Oktoberfest runs September through October. Welcome Aboard!
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Kathleen M wrote a review Oct 12
12 contributions3 helpful votes
This train experience shouldn't be missed. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is a terrific way to see the gorge from the bottom up. We had seats in the Vista Dome and would highly recommend paying the extra for these seats. No matter the type of day you can fully enjoy the Gorge. We didn't go out to the open car but on other scenic train experiences we typically do so. We were enjoying the view from where we were and so decided not to go to the open car. We were on the lunch train and the food was excellent. The Royal Gorge Railroad is a great way to see the beauty of area of Colorado.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Billy S wrote a review Oct 12
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First, the downside... you go to a certain point on the rail line (I believe it's pictured in the header) and stop, then the train backs up all the way to where you boarded. That part is boring, so maybe save your dining time for the return trip where you can sit in the dining car and have drinks or snacks. Now the good -- don't worry that you don't reserve "the best seats", because the open air car is where it's at!!! You can stand in the open air car and take pictures to your heart's content. After the train gets going, go to the open air car and find a good place, I suggest the left side which will give you a constant view of the river. Your seats are reserved, so you can always go back and sit down any time, but the "going there" trip is the one where you'll want to take pictures, and the open air car solves the "window glare" problem, or the "trying to get a shot of the sky" or the bridge way over your heads. Also - I recommend parking in the city parking and taking the FREE shuttle, so you don't have to battle parking at the rail depot. You prepay at the parking lot for parking, and I'd suggest paying for 6 hours, because if you get caught going over, it's $70 fine. I believe parking was $1.00 / hour. I wish the person doing the announcing spoke better English - and didn't make mistakes like saying that the Royal Gorge Bridge was "over 1,000 miles above your head". :) Anyway - well worth the money!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Paul G wrote a review Oct 10
Tucson, Arizona3706 contributions587 helpful votes
Being a self confessed train addict, I was very excited to add this route to my list. It did not disappoint, however there were issues that prevented a excellent star. I made reservations for the The Club Class on The Breakfast Train and was expecting what I saw on their web site for this class. Nothing even close, no table clothes, no actual flatware, coffee in to go paper cups and the meal served on paper plates. Needless to say, this was a disappointment. The service, however, was excellent and the food while served hot and promptly was again not as adverised. . I had The Colorado Sunrise ( breakfast Burrito ) however, no fruit and yogurt parfait. All in all, this trip was enjoyable, hower, if I was to return, coach class would be sufficient as all classes give you access to the open air car. ON A NOTE OF INFORMATION, There is a requirement for all passengers to have their photo taken prior to boarding, however, you do not have purchase the photos.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Matthew N wrote a review Oct 3
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Paid for seats in the Vista Dome, but hardly used them as we spent most of the time in the open air car as it was a perfect sunny summer day. The views were spectacular, but I wish it was longer. It isn't a loop, so the views are the same both directions. The pictures beforehand seemed odd and unnecessary. I love trains so this was definitely worth it!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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GHT wrote a review Sep 2021
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Had to enter dome car through gate 5. Being handicapped it is a Very long difficult way to walk from main ticket office. Getting to the top of the dome car was very difficult . (steep and narrow.). Very disappointed to have to sit at Table with a vista dome window that has a large crack in the middle of it. ( Shows up in the pictures ) our server said she would get a golf cart to take me back to the station when we got back in. 2hrs later got off the train and waited 15 minutes in the heat 90* . Guess what no golf cart. Not a good experience for someone handicapped.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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