Leisurely

Georgetown Loop Train Ride

Only 45 minutes from Denver, Colorado in Idaho Springs, the Georgetown Loop Railroad offers an exciting and historical opportunity to experience Colorado history. Ride on the original steam-powered or diesel-powered locomotive through Georgetown, learning about Colorado’s rich mining history and enjoying stunning scenery just outside Denver.

The Highlights Of Your Trip

Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow-gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time. The thriving mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume lie two miles apart in a steep, narrow mountain canyon.

To connect them, the railroad’s builders designed a “corkscrew” route that traveled twice the distance, slowly gaining more than 600 feet in elevation. Today, the Georgetown Loop Railroad brings Colorado history to life in a fun adventure that will thrill the entire family!

Visitors also have the opportunity to maximize their experience with a train ride and mine tour package offered in the warmer months of April through September.

 

Book this trip

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How much

Pricing

From $25.95

for ages 15+

From $18.95

for ages 3-15, FREE under 3

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What's included

Activities

  • Train Rides
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Trip Length

Duration

1/4 Day

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How Hard

Difficulty

Leisurely

What to expect

On Your Train Ride

train traveling through Colorado mountains along stream

About Georgetown Loop

Ride 3.1 miles through the magnificent Rocky’s on an original steam or diesel powered train
Travel high above Georgetown, crossing over bridges, including the Devil’s Gate High Bridge
Stop and explore one of Colorado’s original mines. This guided tour teaches visitors about the area’s original silver mining history, with the opportunity to pan for gold
Explore the Georgetown Railroad’s unique holiday train rides and other seasonal offerings

Georgetown Loop train from inside the open car.

What's included

The train ride lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes during the peak season and about 55 minutes from October through January. Parlor cars (holiday season only) offer complimentary on-board snacks and drinks, while passengers in coach cars may bring a sack lunch for the journey. There are restrooms at both stations and at the mine. There is a gift store at both stations that offers novelties, as well as light snacks and drinks.

View of the first car in a steam engine from behind.

Options

GEORGETOWN LOOP TRAIN CAR OPTIONS

  • Open Coach Cars
  • Closed Coach Cars (heated)
  • Parlor Cars (holiday season only)

AVAILABLE ADD-ONS

  • Lebanon-Everett Mine Tour
  • Holiday Tours
  • Haunted History Tours
  • Charter a Private Train

WHAT TO BRING

  • Camera
  • Warm Layers for the mine
  • Sack lunch and water or other drinks
steam engine traveling along tracks through Colorado mountains and fall foliage

Itinerary

  • Meet at the Georgetown Loop Railroad
  • Load up the train and hit the tracks!
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views out the window
  • Make a pit stop at one of the Denver area’s original silver mines and learn about Colorado’s rich mining history
  • Hop back on the train and continue your scenic adventure
  • Disembark at the station and peruse the gift shop for keepsakes to remember your ride

Trip Location

Rafting outside of Idaho Springs, Colorado.

Idaho Springs

Idaho Springs, CO

Idaho Springs, located just 30 minutes from Denver and within an hour of Boulder, Summit County and Winter Park, is home to one of our AVA outposts! Colorado’s first gold was discovered here, and it is said that the Gold Rush originated in Idaho Springs. Visitors can explore the areas rich history through tours of the Argo Mill and Tunnel and Phoenix Gold Mine and relax in the notable Indian Hot Springs. The town also boasts several unique and local restaurants you will want to check out after your outdoor adventure!

The Idaho Springs area offers the best Whitewater Rafting near Denver on the Clear Creek, and our outpost includes exciting cliffside Zipline and Via Ferrata tours. The area’s location near Mount Evans, one of Colorado’s numerous 14ers, offers opportunities for hiking and wildlife spotting, and visitors can drive to the summit via the Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

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