Denver & Rio Grande Railroad

Denver & Rio Grande Railroad

Denver & Rio Grande Railroad
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AprilH_TX
TX5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Couples
My husband and I have been visitng the South Fork/Creede area for many years. We were glad to see a new attraction when we visited this past summer, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. You begin at the South Fork depot (original building) and take the historic route that was originally established in the late 1800's. This is not a steam locomotive, but a converted spike layer. The owner, Don, personally detailed how he went about this conversion. We were pleased that he was the operator and he had many great stories and historical details along the way. He gave us a background not only of the railroad, but also some of the mining history of Creede.

You can choose from a variety of trips, including a one way trip to Wagon Wheel Gap (BEAUTIFUL) and then you raft back down the Rio Grande. There is also a moonlight ride which we were told was very popular. We chose the late afternoon ride, from 3 to 6pm, where we were able to stop for ice cream at Cottonwood Cove. There is an early afternoon ride where you stop for lunch as well.

Overall, we were very impressed with the railroad hospitality, history, and scenery!
Written June 30, 2011
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Scott C
Tulsa, OK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
We have a summer cabin in South Fork and have done the train 3 times. It's great. Lots of history and fun for the kids and adults. The ride to Creede is very pretty. The car is a little bumpy as it has no shocks but nothing too bad. The kids want to go every time we are there.
Written August 26, 2015
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icebearrrrr
Colorado Springs, CO2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Friends
My Mother and I took the 3 hour round trip afternoon ride from South Fork to Wagon Wheel during the 4th of July weekend and loved it. It is a covered but open air conveyance, which travels at an leisurely speed of 10 mph, making it very easy to sit back and enjoy the beauty of Rio Grande River and the grandeur of the surrounding countryside.
Don, (the owner), is the engineer and guide. His knowledge of the Denver/Rio Grande railroad and its impact on the history of the surrounding area is not only informative but interesting. We had come down from Colorado Springs, and were intrigued to learn the part that General Palmer played in the development of the railroad in this region.
On our way back, we stopped at Cottonwood for ice cream, which was not only inexpensive ($1.50), for a colossal, single soop of Blue Belle ice cream but yummy!
You will not be able to resist waving at all the people along the way, the rafters, the fishermen, the people sitting on their porches. It was so much fun that I spaced out giving Don a tip. Sorry about that Don!
The cost is $25 for an Adult, $24 for a Senior. A great price for a wonderful time in a the beautiful countryside. And as an added bonus - you are actually contributing to the living history of the railroad.
Written July 6, 2011
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Gary T
Whitesboro, TX352 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
We go to Southfork almost yearly. Was looking forward to riding the train but it was shut down. We drove to Cottonwood cove which is the turnaround for the train and asked about it. We were told the driver of the train hit something on the track by going to fast. The pursuing injury lawsuits were not too bad, but their insurance company increased their premiums by 1000% which in turn put them out of business. Was told they originally intended to extend the ride to Crede which would have been great. Too bad all the way around.
Written April 8, 2017
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AggieJoe79
Haymarket, VA966 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
This looked interesting, but it is closed and it is up for sale. Hope there is a buyer to restore and rehabilitate the equipment and restart the service.
Written July 20, 2016
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Kendall
14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This is closed and no longer open but some websites still have it listed as a travel destination. It does exist and you can see the trains and cars sitting there but it's closed.
Written November 6, 2019
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8OOT
Farmington, NM455 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
We did the longer trip to Wagon Gap with a group riding in an open-air rail car. Absolutely fabulous time....stunning scenery, informative engineer, and a delightful lunch stop at Blue Creek Lodge. We HIGHLY recommend this fun excursion of riding the rails through the beautiful Colorado mountains.
Written October 11, 2014
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Heathen71940
Indianapolis66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Solo
What a way to travel, see gorgeous scenery and not have to drive mountain roads to do it [ok, you do have mountain driving to get to the terminal.] The new setup, South Fork to Creede/Wagon Wheel Gap, isn't so spectacular as the old Durango to Silverton [absolutely 5-star] route and I actually miss cinders in my hair from the coal-fired steam engines. But the wye is still the turn around method; no roundhouses built in the mountains. No restroom facilities or food for sale on the train but at stations and resorts. I packed a lunch so can't attest to the food at at the 2 resort choices. It's a great way to take a break from the fast pace required to see "things" in the expansive west.
Written August 18, 2012
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Acharbonnet
Memphis, TN26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
We had a great time on the D&RGRR excursion on 6/17. We have a three year old son and he greatly enjoyed the ride. This is a very unique rail trip. The "Silver Streak" car is a one-of-a-kind and we were lucky enough to have Mr Don as our engineer/driver that day. Everyone should experience this!
Written June 20, 2015
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emalday68
Gainesville, GA197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
We did the route from South Fork to Wagon Wheel Gap that included the stop for lunch. The lunch was "okay" but the ride, views, and info along the way was awesome. It's an "open air" train ride and we were lucky to have sunny skies the entire time, but had it rained, we would've been caught without protection. I also recommend that you not take toddlers. There is nowhere for them to go but in your lap or on the seat next to you and the one that was on our ride pitched a fit for a lot of the ride. It took away from us hearing what the guide would stop to show and tell, and I don't think his parents had a grand time trying to keep him quiet and from throwing a tantrum. You'll see views of the mountains that you just can't see from the road. I totally recommend this trip!
Written July 25, 2013
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