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Royal Gorge Route Railroad

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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...more
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3rd Street, off Highway 50, Canon City, CO 81212
+1 888-724-5748
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the Royal Gorge train ride and enjoyed every minute of it. We ate great food and drank their signature beers We were able to walk outside to the train car that was roofless and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the fresh air. We...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank NeverInMexicoAgain
Reviewed 5 days ago

Amazing views and great customer service. Jillian did an amazing job. Not only did she serve our entire section of the train but she also narrated. She took the time to go to each group, introduce herself and answer any questions that you may have....More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Amy R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my son and DIL on this ride when they came out to visit us. Much anticipated trip. First I highly recommend buying your tickets on line and in advance for the best seating. The left side of the train offers a much better...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lorrie A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an exceptional experience. The train is excellent. Busy so arrive early. Beautiful scenery & fun train ride. Worth expense to get outdoor & upper tickets. Wonderful.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank alletab2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked two standard tickets on the 12.30 train ride. These cost $50 each, and were the cheapest seats available. Having heard that the left side of the train (going out) had better views, since the right side was closer to the gorge walls, I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank reddiguy
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Loved it Fun memories last a lifetime We loved the holiday games and songs. Our kids were entertained and happy to be able to see what a train looks a feels like. We have enjoyed the Royal Gorge Train through our generations and more generations...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank americanaromatherapy
Reviewed December 9, 2018

This is a Santa Train that is well worth the $. Great Santa, nice old trains and the views are really cool if you do the breakfast or 4:30 pm departure. After dark, it is pretty dark so you don't take in too much of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SPGPlatTraveler
Reviewed December 3, 2018

We took the whole family and had a great time. They do it up right. The staff is dressed as elves, a couple of conductors, and of course, the big guy himself, Santa. The staff love to have their pictures taken with you and the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KSL1224
Reviewed December 3, 2018 via mobile

We went on a weekday 5:45 PM trip . With my 2 children ages 4 and 8 . They had an amazing time. From the bells that got special names off a reindeer, polar bear hunt , my 4 year olds favorite the reindeer hockey...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 2047Fowler
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

Pros: Bought tickets for the higher priced Vista Dome ($74 per person). The 2-hour round trip ride was a memorable one. We really enjoyed the experience and look forward to doing this with friends and family next time. The lead waitress, who was training several...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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December 29, 2018|
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Response from Katie C | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I would get there at least 45 mins ahead of time because the ticket counter took quite a while. Plus, it gives you time to get seated and order some drinks/food if you want.
Amy R
December 26, 2018|
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Response from BermudaTraveler2018 | Reviewed this property |
We took the dinner trip so I believe those are all in the dome cars but I winks definitely recommend the dome car!
November 22, 2018|
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Response from Natalie M | Reviewed this property |
About an hour 1/2
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Royal Gorge Route Railroad -- which class? (1 Replies)
Some people seem to swear by the Vista Dome car, but it's twice as expensive as Coach Class. We'll be going mid-August, so I'm guessing it will be hot. Is the Vista Dome car with the extra money? We will be taking the morning train, so not at lunch or dinner. Also, I understand the views are only on one side of the train. What if we pay for the Vista Dome class, then we aren't able to get a seat on the view side?
June 11, 2009|
Response fromLaura S|
We took the train last summer in Coach Class and it was wonderful! We went in the morning on a weekday in July and it wasn't too crowded so we were able to swap seats. However, you can also walk to the cars that are outside (standing room only) to get pictures and see the view. I believe the cars were air conditioned but maybe it was just cool that day. I'm sure the Vista Dome is very nice but we had a great time and saw everything just fine in coach. Sit on the left side and you will be on...More
Farmington, Missouri
Royal Gorge Route Railroad (2 Replies)
We will be in Colorado in July. Is this railroad worth doing? We are thinking about doing the 1/2 day float and 1/2 day train ride but will only be in Canon City one day and I want to make sure we have time to see everything. Any advice?
April 28, 2008|
Response fromnitewarrior|
We did it last year and was really disappointed in the train ride.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Need help with planning (3 Replies)
Heading to Denver April 19-23. On Tuesday we were thinking of driving the Lariat Loop, stopping to see the Bison. Approximately how long does it take to drive this loop? On Thursday we want to spend the day on a scenic drive. I've been researching online and reading threads here on TripAdvisor. To get the best bang for our buck so to speak, I was thinking of driving from Denver, to Boulder, then up to Estes Park & RMNP then looping back down to Idaho Spring and back to Denver. We want...More
April 11, 2016|
Response fromPAsuzybeezy|
Awesome - thank you, really helpful information