A great way to see the historic countryside of Colorado is by train! The Georgetown Loop Railroad bring history to life with their steam locomotives and diesel locomotives that wind through the Rocky Mountains up to Clear Creek Canyon through mining country. The train cars are fully enclosed so you can ride comfortably all year long and enjoy the snowcapped views or green vistas of the Colorado terrain. The train departs from either the Silver Plume Depot or Devil's Gate Station in Georgetown, spending on the season. The railroad was one of the first tourist attractions in the state. Finished in 1884, the railroad was thought of as an engineering marvel near the turn of the century. The railroad connected the mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume. In 1973, Colorado's Historical Society restored the railroad and created a replica High Bridge in 1984, just in time for the 100th anniversary celebration of the railroad.
The train takes reiders on a trek between the towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume, which lie two miles apart from one another. You track up to an elevation of 640 feet for a 3.1 mile ride that allows riders a chance to stop for guided tours of the Lebanon Silver Mine and their wildlife habitat. On the grounds of the train park is a depot, two mines, a mill building, four reconstructed mining buildings, a maintenance building, the 1874 Phole House, and the rolling stock shelter. During non-event rides, tickets are $22.50 for adults and $16.50 for children ages 3 - 15 years. Strollers and car seats are not permitted on the trip. For an additional fee, visitors can add the mine tour to their train fare.
There is an onsite gift shop that features a wide variety of locomotive themed gifts, clothing, and books. You can also purchase snacks and drinks which are permitted on the train ride. The nearby towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume feature Victorian buildings, unique shops, and dining opportunities. It will be like taking a stroll through goldrush history the entire family will enjoy.
Throughout the year, special events are planned at the railroad. Mother's Day weekend train ride specials honor mom's from all over. Georgetown's Railroad and Mining Days is an annual event that celebrates the history of the town and its goldrush and mining success. Independence Day brings the 4th of July Fireworks Train that allows riders to enjoy a cowboy BBQ and view the fireworks from up high at the Devil's Gate high bridge. Moonlight in the Mountains Dinner Trains and the Wine Tasting and Hors d'Oeuvres Trains feature delicious food, romantic surroundings, and exciting rides on the railroad. Wines from around the world are featured and space fills up quickly for these events so book early. In the fall, riders can enjoy Pumpkin Festival Trains and Oktoberfest Trains that feature beer sampling. For the holidays, kids will love the Santa's North Pole Adventure ride and the Holiday Lights Train. Year-round, the Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad offers fun and history for all.