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The 4 Most Scenic Winter Train Rides in Colorado

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Sure, winter activities in Colorado include skiing, snowmobiling, and dog sledding. But the fun certainly doesn’t stop there. One of the most amazing and family-friendly ways to enjoy the colder months in the state are with scenic train rides.

Winter train rides in Colorado feature a special kind of warmth and coziness you can’t get the rest of the year, accompanied by some truly stunning scenery. Here are four of the most scenic winter train rides Colorado has to offer:

Royal Gorge Train Route

Twenty-four miles of snow-covered bliss is on the agenda if you head for a Royal Gorge Route ride. You’ll be treated to spectacular views as you coast down tracks that follow the Arkansas River, far below the tips of the Royal Gorge’s thousand-foot granite cliffs.

While the Royal Gorge train route serves up an unforgettable ride any month of the year, winter is particularly enticing. Santa Express train rides run throughout December, where kids (and their parents) are invited to wear pajamas on their journey to a replica of Santa’s house. A romantic dinner-for-two booked in a glass-domed train car can also feel special and cozy amidst the winter snow.

Georgetown Loop

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The Georgetown Loop train ride whisks you up high across the Devil’s Gate Bridge and then treats you to a winding scenic route through a Rocky Mountain pathway. The 4.5-mile route runs between the towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume.

In the winter, you also have the option of hopping on Santa’s Lighted Forest Train to enjoy a forest scene while basking in music and twinkling lights.

Winter Park Express

Winter Park serves as one of Colorado’s most enticing seasonal playgrounds, and you can get there pronto on the Winter Park Express. This beautiful train ride shuttles you from Denver’s Union Station to the Winter Park area, which boasts mountain elevations of more than 8,000 feet. Winter is the only time you can enjoy the ride, as the train only runs from January to March.

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Experience spectacular canyons and the wilderness of the San Juan National Forest from a steam-powered train on the Narrow Gauge Railroad. As the train winds along the Animas River, you’ll learn more about the miners and settlers that once traveled this same route.

In winter, riders have the opportunity to hop aboard the Polar Express, where you and your kids will be immersed in the story told in the Polar Express book. Santa will also make an appearance while you and your family enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas carols.

Whether you opt for a romantic ride for two or a one that’s fun for the whole family, these four winter train rides in Colorado serve up sensational experiences to remember. Once the warmer months come along, you can experience Colorado’s views from a different angle with a whitewater rafting trip with American Adventures Expeditions.