Do you have a toddler and/or a train enthusiast in your life? If you answered yes to either (or if you are looking for a fun and unique experience), you will want to hop aboard one of these 9 epic Colorado train rides:
1. Georgetown Loop Railroad (Silver Plume)
Originally opened in 1886, the Georgetown Loop and its narrow tracks were considered to be an engineering marvel for its time. Today, visitors of all ages are able to ride, dine, and even stop for a little gold panning on this historic treasure.
2. Pikes Peak Cog Railway (Manitou Springs)
Climb aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, with non-stop service from Manitou Springs to Pikes Peak via steam train.
3. Royal Gorge Route Railroad (Canon City)
Quite possibly one of the most famous of Colorado railroads is the Royal Gorge; an excursion train that offers not only your standard cab and club rides, but special experiences such as murder mysteries, Santa Express, wine dinners and so much more.
4. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (Durango)
Your eyes do not deceive you; that IS in fact Snoopy (and he is just one of many special guests who make a regular appearance on the historic steam railroad.)
5. Colorado Railroad Museum (Golden)
Train lovers, rejoice. Not only does the Colorado Railroad Museum allow you to "Ride the Rails" on Saturdays, it gives you access to more than 15 acres of locomotives, models and train memorabilia.
6. Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (Antonino)
The bi-state railroad, which is owned by both Colorado and New Mexico, boasts scenic excursions between Antonino and Chama, New Mexico every summer.
7. Rio Grande Scenic Railroad (Alamosa)
Party bus? Puh-lease! A party train like the Rio Grande is where it's at. What do I mean by a party train? The Rio sponsors not only rides, but epic on-board concerts (like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Exile.)
8. Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad (Leadville)
How fabulous is this picture? These lucky people are relaxing, taking in the astonishing Rocky Mountains, AND eating tender, fall-of-the-bone BBQ. Want in on the action? Be sure to check out Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad's special events.
9. Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad (Cripple Creek)
Last but certainly not least is the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad; a 15-ton locomotive that offers 45 minute tours that are sure to bring a smile to everyone's face.