Royal Gorge Route Railroad
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.
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Choose your class of service
From quality family time together, to a romantic culinary experience, this is Colorado's most unique scenic train line.
The Royal Gorge Route offers six different classes of service in up to 17, meticulously restored vintage rail cars. All guests have access to an open air car. Below is a list of classes of service:
Coach Class: Experience the Gorge in coach-car comfort or enjoy it while riding in our open-air car. A la carte fare is always available in the concession car and libations are available in the lounge car.
Adult: $33.00 Child: $22.00 (ages 3-12). Children under 2 are free when seated on a parent's lap. Coach seating is open seating, first come, first served.
Twilight Train: Enjoy a special 6:30 PM departure for a 3-hour journey through the Royal Gorge at the best time of day – twilight. This 6:30 pm departure is available throughout the summer when dinner trains operate. Twilight trains are three hours round trip.
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Vista Dome: Enjoy the breathtaking views from a classic glass-topped dome car and enjoy a delicious
breakfast or lunch prepared by our chef. Our food is prepared fresh and the service is outstanding. A full service bar is also available in Vista Dome service.
Adult: $58.00 Child: $47.00 (ages 3-12).
Children ages 2 and under are free when seated on a parent lap.
Our special Vista Dome twilight service is available on our 6:30 pm departure throughout the summer when dinner trains operate. Our Vista Dome Grill will be open for dinner, featuring the same delicious entrees that have made Vista Dome one of our most popular classes of service. Twilight trains are three hours round trip.
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Enjoy comfortable seating in our new luxurious bar and parlor car. Over $100,000.00 was spent remodeling Sunshine Falls with warm woods, custom table seating, a full service bar and large plate glass windows. Guests on Sunshine Falls have a full menu of delicious food items that may be ordered while seated in the Bar class for both breakfast and lunch (additional charges apply). The full service bar offers specialty drinks, beer on tap, as well as a complete wine list. Download the Vista Dome menu here.
All ticketed Bar Class passengers must be 8-years of age or older to sit in the Sunshine Falls Bar car.
Twilight Train on Sunshine Falls: Enjoy a special 6:30 PM departure for a 3-hour journey through the Royal Gorge at the best time of day – twilight. Our Vista Dome Grill will be open for dinner, featuring the same delicious entrees that have made Vista Dome one of our most popular classes of service. Twilight trains are three hours round trip.
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3-Course Lunch: This full-service three-course lunch is served on select 12:30 p.m. departures. Choose from seasonal entrees, and enjoy delicious fare, white linen covered fine dining tables and outstanding views through plate glass windows. Observation dome or dining car seating is available. Please note that children must be at least 3-years of age and well behaved on the lunch train.
Gourmet Lunch Menu
Seating in Dining Car: Adult: $65.00 Child: $45.00 (minimum age 3 and children must be well behaved)
Seating in Observation Dome: - Adult: $95.00 Child: $75.00.
Lunch class offers reserved seating and private open-air car.
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Dinner Train: - Available on select evenings, these leisurely three-hour excursions feature seasonal and regionally inspired, chef-prepared 3-course meals. White linen table cloths, sparkling glasses, outstanding service, and the beauty of the Royal Gorge are included. Seasonal entrees are prepared fresh by our chef.
Murder Mystery Train:
Gourmet Dinner Menu
Seating in Dining Car: Adult: $79.00
Seating in Observation Dome: - Adult: $109.00
Minimum age: 8 yrs. Dinner trains offer reserved seating and private open-air car.
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Groups and individual guests discover "who dunnit" during one of several western-themed murder mystery dinner performances on select evenings throughout the summer. Large group engagements may also be scheduled upon request. Our award winning dinner fare is included with seasonal entrees prepared fresh by our chef. Available on select evenings.
Gourmet Dinner Menu
Seating in Dining Car:
Murder Mystery offers reserved seating and private open-air car.
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Ride with Santa! St. Nick visits the Royal Gorge each year on the Santa Express. Professionally decorated trains carry children of all ages to meet Santa at the North Pole while they sip hot cocoa, nibble on cookies and listen to holiday stories and festive tunes. on Thousands of lights bedeck the festive North Pole Village in the Gorge itself where Santa Claus boards the train to hear children's Christmas wishes and to gift each child with a special holiday bell.
Ride in the Cab!
Coach Class: Adult: $29.00 Child: $19.00 (ages 2-12) (Children under 2 ride free)
Vista Dome Class: Adult $44.00 child: $34.00
Entrees are available in Vista Dome from the Vista Dome Grill along with a full-service bar. All passengers have access to bar and concession food items.
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Join our engineer for a ride in one of our vintage locomotives. We're one of the few railroads in the country that offers an up close and personal experience into the lives of a working engineer.
(minimum age: 13 yrs.). Ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult. No open toed or open heeled shoes. Must be able to step up 34" to the first ladder rung, then climb up 7'.
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