Ride the rails and see the stunning landscape of Colorado up close with a scenic train ride this Spring. The Pikes Peak Region of Colorado offers some of the most unique rail rides in the country. From the deep canyon of the Arkansas River to the summit of Pikes Peak, there are miles of beautiful railways to explore, all conveniently located within an hour of Cheyenne Mountain Resort.
For over 125 years, people have been ascending America’s Mountain via the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The trip to the 14,115’ summit of Pikes Peak takes just over 3 hours. Along the steep journey, you’ll pass through a diverse range of conifer forests, including young Colorado Blue Spruce trees and ancient Bristlecone Pines estimated to be over 2,000 years old. Once the train passes the timberline, the open landscape makes it easy to spot native wildlife such as yellow-bellied marmots and bighorn sheep.
If your vision of a scenic train ride includes the puff of a steam locomotive, curving tracks, and a trestle, the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railway is the train ride for you. This beautiful four-mile trip takes riders back to the gold mining days of the past and is the only pet-friendly scenic train in the area. Hear the history of Cripple Creek and Victor, Colorado on this 45-minute ride through the once-booming gold mine region.
In 1999, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad brought the tradition of railway fine dining back to Colorado. Nearly 20 years later, they offer exquisite dining onboard for every meal and special events, such as their extremely popular Murder Mystery Dinners. The train ride itself traverses the rugged Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River, known as the Royal Gorge. The breathtaking natural scenery and man-made marvels, such as the famous hanging bridge, combine with great food to make this one of the most popular scenic trains in Colorado.
No matter which scenic train ride you take, the breathtaking natural beauty and nostalgia of the rails are perfect for Spring Break or any time of year. After a fun excursion on the tracks, you’ll still have plenty of time for an evening meal or relaxing drink before retiring to your room at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. To book your stay at Cheyenne Mountain Resort for your next vacation, contact us today.