Fall is a magical time in Colorado. From a distance, our mountains transform into a delightful red and gold palette. Within an aspen grove, the season’s vibrant colors glisten, creating a unique and sensational landscape.
Soak up this year’s fall colors in new and exciting ways aboard a scenic train ride. Colorado’s late 19th century mining boom brought several train lines into the high country. Today, these historic trains still operate, providing rides through some of Colorado’s most stunning backdrops.
While there are several passenger train lines in the state, the following offer our favorite fall color tours.
Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad http://www.leadville-train.com/special-tours/fall-photo-weekends/
Visit the town where mining reigned. Once a bustling city, Leadville is now famous for its fourteeners and outdoor recreational opportunities. Surrounded by miles of national forests, the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad takes you deep into nature during its Fall Photo Weekends.
Georgetown Loop Railroad https://www.georgetownlooprr.com/fall-colors/
For a quick trip from the Front Range, head to the Georgetown Loop Railroad, one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions. Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow-gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time. Enjoy the changing of the leaves as you wind through the aspen-filled Rockies between Georgetown and Silver Plume.
Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad http://cripplecreekrailroad.com/
This 45-minute trip starts at Cripple Creek’s 1894 train depot and heads south, where it passes the old Midland Terminal Wye, a reconstructed trestle, and several historic mines. Enjoy beautiful colors and fascinating experiences that include an old steam engine with pillaring smoke and the sounds of working steel.