Established in 1879 - The Royal Gorge Route Railroad combines Colorado history, spectacular scenery, and unique dining options on a leisurely 2-hour journey through the breathtaking scenery of the Royal Gorge. The railroad is Colorado's oldest scenic railroad and has brought back a touch of class to the industry with a choice of six classes of service, including Colorado's only lunch & dinner trains. The Royal Gorge Route is located in Canon City, Colorado just 45-minutes southwest of Colorado Springs and 2-hours south of Denver.
The Royal Gorge Route Railroad was reestablished in the fall of 1998 and has become a premier destination attraction carrying over 100,000 guests through the Royal Gorge each year. This scenic railroad provides a quality experience, combining the spectacular scenery of the Royal Gorge, the nostalgia of 1950’s train travel, with unique dining options and exceptional service. The Royal Gorge Route has been instrumental in preserving this breathtaking canyon and ensuring a vital part of Colorado history will be passed along to the next generation.
Why do so many people ride the rails through the Royal Gorge each year? The Royal Gorge Route does not offer a theme park or carnival experience or thrill rides that were associated with the Royal Gorge in the past, but instead has grown as a major destination attraction through ensuring the Royal Gorge remains a special place to be preserved much like any one of our National Parks. Riding the rails through the Royal Gorge and spotting Big Horn Sheep, Blue Heron, Bald Eagles, and enjoying the tumbling Arkansas River with your family or special someone is a very unique experience. The train provides the means to unwind, enjoy family time and Mother Nature up close.
The Royal Gorge Route is run by a very successful Colorado family with a history of running trains in Colorado. This same family, ran the Georgetown Loop Railroad for 32-years until 2004 hauling over two millions passengers on the line before turning their attention to building the Royal Gorge line.