Mike Nelson's Colorado: Riding the Royal Gorge Route Railroad

CANON CITY, Colo. - Since the 1880's, thousands of people have traveled through the Royal Gorge by train. While passenger service stopped in the 1960s, it returned in 1998.

The journey begins in Canon City. Trains follow the Arkansas River through the 10-mile long gorge. The walls in the gorge soar up to 1,200-feet high.

"What's so interesting about this experience is that there is no other way to see this gorge other than on a raft or on a railroad," said Steve Kaverman, Royal Gorge Railroad General Manager. "There's no road through here, there's no foot trail through here."

Visitors marvel at the tall canyon walls, see the remnants of a water line, watch rafters floating by in the river rapids and, of course, enjoy the view of the Royal Gorge bridge above.

As the train moves along the winding track, you can check out the view from the open air cars or the bar car.

Many passengers choose the vista dome seats for the view.

"I like to say this is like IMAX on wheels," Kaverman said about the vista dome cars. "It's a great way to see the canyon. This is our most popular class of service."

And if you want a really unique experience -- two people on each train trip can ride up front in the locomotive.

The train ride is about two hours roundtrip. Tickets start at $39 for adults, $28 for kids.

Learn more on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad's website: https://www.royalgorgeroute.com/

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