On This Date: May 7th, 1879

Royal Gorge Route

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The Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Considered to be one of the nation’s most scenic railroads, the Royal Gorge Route offers an intimate way to experience the spectacular Royal Gorge. The train features six classes of service ranging from coach and vista dome, to wine express, lunch, dinner, and murder mystery trains. The train travels alongside the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge more than 1,000 feet beneath the canyon’s rim.

The first train to traverse the Royal Gorge was on May 7, 1879, making it Colorado’s oldest scenic railroad. Guests of the railroad experience the elegance and nostalgia of a classic 1950s-style train and the opportunity to view the breathtaking scenery of the Royal Gorge in one of the glass-topped vista domes.

Trains run daily on a two-hour round trip at from May 24th through October 14th at: 9:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM with dinner, murder mystery and wine dinner trains available on select evenings throughout the season.

Reservations can be made by calling the historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad at 719.276.4000, 1.888.724.5748, or online at RoyalGorgeRoute.com.

For information about all of Colorado’s scenic railroad routes, please visit:  http://www.colorado.com/Train.aspx

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