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“A bit pricey, but a neat trip nonetheless.”

Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Ranked #9 of 18 Tours in Canon City
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Owner description: F-7 streamlined locomotives follow a route along the "Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River" and feature Twilight and Dinner trains.
Buffalo, NY
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A bit pricey, but a neat trip nonetheless.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2011

It is listed as one of the 8 Top Train Rides in North America by Trains magazine where you get to see what was once the world’s highest suspension bridge (so I think it is still the highest in the US), which they don’t highly advertise. It is the same ride in and out of the Gorge. I paid the Coach fare and spent my time out on the open car, which I think gives you the best view of the whole thing and the cars aren’t very air conditioned so you won’t be much cooler in them. You are assigned your seat, so this is especially the way to go if you end up on the right side (while looking toward the front of the train) as you will mostly see only a rock wall out your window instead of the Arkansas River on the left side (this advise may not apply to Vista Dome car riders). I got a left side seat and still spent the first half of the ride outside. They could stand to turn up the volume for the announcer that gives the history of activities in the area – it is VERY difficult to hear, which is another good reason to go to the open car as you can stand closer to the speaker if you are interested. If you do this – REMEMBER THE SUNSCREEN!!!

NOTE: TripAdvisor’s preliminary info at the top of this page says, ”Cost: Free”. This is not correct, it is at least $33/adult for coach.

Visited June 2011
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Baltimore, Maryland
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66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Nice train ride great scenery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2011

Overall this was a great train ride. We had a great time and loved the scenery. The only complaint I have is that for the coach passengers they only have one outdoor car an d it was a bit crowded. Also they only offer a concession car for food choices, with overpriced hotdogs, chips, etc. The dont allow you to bring your own food aboard. Besides that it was great. The staff was very nice and the scenery can't be beat.

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Baltimore
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97 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Incredible views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2011

The train through Royal Gorge is a spectacular ride.The station is easy to find in Canon city.The vista dome cars give a great view of the gorge.There is an open car in the line of cars which gives an even greater view of the gorge and river. Anyone riding on the train can go to the open car..The lunch served on the train is pedestrian.The station gift shop is well stocked with a variety of goods.P.S. the area near the station is a river front park and across the tracks there is a small dinosaur museum.

Visited August 2011
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South Carolina
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96 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Spectacular Scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2011

Eat Breakfast, lunch or dinner on the train in the Crown Cars. Great view, good food and plenty of time to eat and explore. Outside Cars offer great picture taking opportunities.

Visited August 2011
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Decatur, Alabama
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Nice ride!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2011

This is a great way to view the bottom of the gorge. I recommend the "outdoor" car to get the best experience. This car is available to all passengers.

Visited August 2011
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