Georgetown Loop Railroad
Georgetown Loop Railroad
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 AM
About
The Georgetown Loop Railroad was one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions. Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time. This is a ride to remember! The beauty of the rugged Rocky Mountains surrounds you as our old-time steam locomotive or one of our powerful diesel locomotives winds up the Clear Creek canyon. Pass by remains of gold and silver mines and breathtaking views along the line, in fully enclosed and open cars. Great family fun for kids of all ages.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • DMunsey
    Santa Ana, California78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic and informative Steam train ride
    Great experience riding a steam train. The ride was informative and beautiful with nice scenery. We also did the Silver mine tour, it was very interesting. It was very interesting to hear about the early days of mining silver.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 2, 2023
  • cdstacy29
    Jacksonville, Florida51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful day for the whole family!
    What a wonderful half day stop! We did the morning train and added the mine tour. Both were so much fun! Being able to get off the train and tour the mines was a great way to stretch our legs. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable. Our 2 year old can’t go in the mines so him and I stayed outside playing in the little kids area, walking around and speaking with staff. So much fun! I would highly recommend this stop. Followed by eating lunch in town and exploring that area.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • dragonflyfrisbee
    Duluth, Minnesota500 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day trip from Denver
    Great day trip from Denver. Went up for the day. The train was a fun ride. Our daughter wasn’t old enough for the mine tour but enjoyed the train. We took the Guanella pass out of Georgetown home for a different way back to Denver. The Sasquatch at the trains were a bit scary for young kids but we still had a good time. Definitely recommend for anyone that likes trains
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • SCJennFull
    Columbia, South Carolina4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful scenery, fun activity
    This is a beautiful train ride. While there were mainly families with young children, me and my adult children thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It's a fairly easy drive from Denver and a fun way to spend an afternoon. The town of Georgetown is also a quaint place worth stopping.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Mary Ann D
    Avon Lake, Ohio112 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good way to see the interior mountains for a short period at a reasonable price
    Nice ride into the mountains. Views were very pretty. Was difficult sometimes to hear the conductor but was able to garner most of the information. Sitting near a speaker might help. The 10am ride is somewhat cool temperature-wise for July so I would recommend a jacket. Also the state of Colorado is working I70 west of Denver so leave plenty of time for travel as traffic frequently came to a standstill. Almost missed the train due to this! Would recommend a stop in the town of Georgetown as the grocery store is so cute and the owner quite knowledgeable about the town’s history.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Ralph Testa
    Spring Hill, Florida10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    short steam engine ride thru the mountain
    short ride but worth the trip on this narrow gage steam engine. Its a round trip ride. Only 15 minutes at the stop at the top. Gift shop and gold mine tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Kat W
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice little train ride
    The Georgetown Loop railroad is an out and back ride of about two miles on a narrow-gauge railroad. The cars are open, so dress for the weather. The ride takes about an hour, including a stop of 15 minutes at one end and another stop of about five minutes for those who get off for a mining tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Richard N
    Stroud, United Kingdom446 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and Scenic Trip
    It's worth a visit. The ride up to Silver Plume and back takes an hour and a half. Some of the views are impressive and certainly the engineering of the building of the line itself is to be applauded. There is plenty of parking available. As a couple of small negatives the commentary on the train couldn't be heard as in my view the speakers are in the wrong place and secondly don't try and communicate with this place by email as they won't reply. This day and age I expected better.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • X3594UCjackk
    Fukuoka, Japan56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Ride
    The ride was very enjoyable because of the constant and often humorous commentary of the conductor. jacket needed since can be very cool. Noted some people also wore gloves. The ride is up and along a canyon and does stop at a mine. Only did the train ride, because the mine can be steep and old legs might not be comfortable. Very kid friendly. Nice views and pictures of the engine going up and down the canyon. Very enjoyable.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 22, 2023
  • the Moore's
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Choo Choo
    If you like train rides you will love this one! Our family really enjoyed the trip through the mountains and we were lucky to see some pretty fall colors. If you want to take pictures of the engine be sure to sit towards the back so you can catch it going over the tall bridge. We were too close and it made it very hard to get pics. The loop goes to Silver Plume so you have a chance there to move to a different spot to get different pics. The conductor has lots of jokes and was very friendly. Keep your eyes open for extra sites on the ride - you never know what might show up. We also took the short mine tour and were glad we didn't opt for the longer tour. It is a chilly 40 degrees in the mine and our daughter was glad to get back to the warmth outside. You also pan for gold and get a small bottle of gold to take back with you if your panning skills are good. Hearing the history of the mine and train were interesting. Highly recommend this trip for all train lovers!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 5, 2023
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Nostalgiyeah
Bothell, WA2,050 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A fun ride along the rocky Colorado terrain in a cute steam engine. The train travels between Georgetown Depot and Silver Plume, a distance of around 3 miles by road through winding tracks. The scenery is beautiful, and the commentary accompanying the train ride is fun. We booked the train ride that starts from the Georgetown Depot. The depot has a gift shop, from where you can pick up tickets for the train ride and proceed on to the station. The round trip journey takes about 90 minutes, with a few minutes of stoppage at the Silver Plume station for refilling water in the steam engine. There are mine tours available along with the train ride but we did not opt for those.

A number of narrow gauge railway routes were built in the area because of a number of mining operations in the Rocky Mountains. To conquer the steep grade, the engineers devised a longer route with tall bridges and slow elevation gain so that a steam engine locomotive could haul people and freight. It is indeed a marvelous sight to see multiple bridges and horseshoe shaped curves, listening to the chugging of the steam engine. There is some incredible Colorado scenery the train rides through. I would highly recommend riding, at least for a short distance, on the open cars - it is fun! The relatively meandering pace of the train, coupled with the gorgeous mountainous terrain the train travels through, makes good opportunities for some stunning photographs!

While the train ride might certainly not satiate a thrill seeker, riding slowly along the beautiful mountains slowly in a steam train, while listen to the history of mining and railroads in the area, was a memorable experience.
Written August 3, 2021
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Karen U
Aurora, CO58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
I had always wanted to go on the Georgetown Loop because of the scenic views. It definitely didn't disappoint! The views were amazing! I believe the highest elevation while on the tour was 9200 feet. Got great pictures from even in one of the inside train cars. They doing social distancing so book your tickets fast. We bought our tickets at 9:30 am and the next available time was 1 pm. Great for the kids too.
Written July 7, 2020
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Bee80204
Denver, CO5,065 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Field trip for the teens. My son and I had been before when he was younger but I thought it would be fun to ride again. Took his classmate with us as they have been stressed with going to school in a pandemic. We chose a weekday during fall break and encountered little traffic. It had snowed the day before and it was pretty. Unfortunately some riders were unhappy that they couldn’t choose where they could sit and that there was snow on some seats. It was cold and some were unprepared. We had our winter coats and gloves but when the wind blew it was chilly. There were only three groups who added the mine tour as well so we bundled into the car with first access to the platform and off we went. It was amazing. The trees and soaring birds. The sun and the snow on the ground. The rails, rivers and bridges. I love trains and it was fun when the whistle blew. The conductors provided information as we went along and sometimes it was difficult to hear over conversation but i didn’t mind. The ride was beautiful. The mine tour was great. We had the tour guide to ourselves as one of the parties who signed up didn’t come on board the train. So the teens got to ask lots of questions and look at everything without being crowded. Everyone was so friendly. Tip- go to the bathroom at the station before getting on as no restrooms on train. There’s an actual bathroom at the mine stop which was great. The ride was fabulous and informative. For me the best part was how much the kids enjoyed themselves. We will be back. It never gets old.
Written October 18, 2020
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stijntailly
Waregem, Belgium302 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
There are a number of nice railroads to ride in the great State of Colorado and while the Durango an Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is probably the most famous and spectacular of them (I'm only supposing here, I haven't actually ridden this one), the Georgetown Loop Railroad may well be considered an easier and shorter introduction. You can catch the train in either Georgetown, as we did, or in neighboring Silver Plume. And even though both places are just about a mile apart on Interstate 70, it will take about a half hour by train and will require the train to conquer a pretty steep grade. To do so, engineers devised a corkscrew bridge, which they nicknamed the Devil's Gate High Bridge. It will undoubtedly be the highlight of most people's visits. You can choose to sit in coach or first class, but with decent weather, I would probably recommend an open coach box car as it will allow you to see more. Additional options to take a mine tour halfway are available. Though spectacular mountain vistas are yours, most of the tracks run along I-70, spoiling some of the fun. Departing from Georgetown, we were let off in Silver Plume with just enough time to stretch our legs. Tickets, considering the fact that you get to ride for just over an hour, are as steep as the grades that the train navigates.
Written January 30, 2020
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Merrie30
Pembroke Pines, Fla.11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We went on the Georgetown train to see the fall leaves and fortunately we timed it right as we bought our tickets ahead of time. Pros: It was really beautiful, we all enjoyed the train ride. Cons: You cannot understand what they are saying on the speakers, the trains are packed, I wish that they would spend some money and get new speakers. They charge extra for the Pumpkin Festival, I thought it would be outside and fun to see and maybe get a pumpkin. It's in a dark museum, they give out snickers etc to the kids & the kids get a pumpkin. Just another way to make money.
I would not recommend going if it was not fall, as the train goes by a highway and I don't think it's too scenic, especially when you are paying almost $28.00 ($31,95 for a Pumpkin Festival).
Written October 11, 2021
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Robert R
Melville, NY81 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
The railroad ride is $27.50 per person and it says it lasts a little over an hour. However, they do not tell you that you spend more time waiting at 2 train stops than the ride itself. Extremely expensive for a nothing ride. The views can be seen for free any where in the Georgetown area.
Written May 28, 2021
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Lisa at Rove and Swig
Orlando, FL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
While the Durango-Silverton train seems much more popular, I think this 1 hour train ride is just perfect for groups with younger children. We booked the private caboose with cupola which leaves from Silver Plume (not Georgetown) and I felt was a great value and perfect length of time for our group of 8, including two children ages 3 and 5. I don't know the seating limit for the caboose, but it could have held at least 14 comfortably. The caboose is why I'm rating 5 stars. I think if we did general seating it would have left slightly less of an impression. You ride into Georgetown for a 15-minute stop and then ride back, so the word loop is a misnomer to me. There are scenic portions and also a very tall bridge to cross Clear Creek. My goodness, all of the staff looked the part of a 19th century train conductor - the long beards on the guys must be a requirement of employment!
Written July 6, 2021
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UCFKnightsFan
Orlando, FL725 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Solo
I did the Georgetown Loop Railroad today at 10:00 AM. Overall I enjoyed it. However, I think it may be a one and done type of thing for me. If I lived in the area it would be a bring relatives or friends type of place.

I was very impressed with the COVID-19 safety steps. Everyone was required to wear a mask and they seated everyone 6 feet apart unless you were together as a group.

I started at the Devil’s Gate station (elevation: 8,615). The train goes to the Silver Plume station (elevation: 9,178) and then back. It was just over an hour train ride. There are parts where it does run along the highway, but it really doesn’t distract you unless you let it. There are two types of train cars - one with a roof and one with no roof. They will assign you your seat. I happened to be in the train car without a roof and it was awesome.
It was a beautiful sunny day to take in the fresh mountain air.

The Front Range of the Rocky Mountains are very scenic. There was not much color due to foliage change yet, but it was still scenic nonetheless.

I definitely recommend doing this if you have not yet!
Written September 25, 2020
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Dale R
Stateline, NV327 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Scenic train ride. I would of rated it higher but we did not have a steam engine. That would of made it nicer and more authentic. Because of COVID it was just an out and back that lasted one hour total. We could not get off the train at the turn around. The railroad did an excellent job of spacing people though out the train for distancing although they really did not enforce the mask requirement enough to satisfy me. Once the train got going many people took their masks off. We did not do the mine tour. I believe it would of been a better experience if we were able to do the tour. Yet with COVID I do not feel I would of been comfortable in a enclosed space with others.
Written September 16, 2020
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Graham w
Mims, FL1,063 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The weather in Colorado during our 4 day trip turned from sunny and warm to cold and snow so we changed plans and decided`to let the train take the strain. Just missed the 11.30 am but that was fine we explored Georgetown where we found a store still being run by lady who inherited it from her great grandparents. So having purchased lunch there we boarded the 1pm ride. Lots of steam, hooting and bells ringing as train ascends the 600 feet to next and last station. We sat in middle carriage, which enabled views in all directions. Autumn colours. Uses 500 galloons of water each journey. Even my wife liked it. We have done loop railways in Norway and Australia. This was more fun .
Written October 2, 2021
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