The Georgetown Loop Railroad is one of the oldest trains in Colorado. These trains are old-fashioned steamers. The Georgetown train station is located 45 miles west of Denver and will offer a family-friendly mountain train ride.
Lots of free parking!
Tickets can be purchased in person the day of, or online ahead of time. We opted for the online reservation about 10 days ahead since there were several of us going and we wanted to make sure that we all got a ticket.
There are two different options when you purchase your tickets- you can get the train from the Devil’s Gate Station in Georgetown, CO, or from Silver Plume, about 2 miles west on I-70.
We went on the Georgetown Train from the Devil’s Gate Depot station on the last Saturday in September. It was a great time to see the start of the fall colors, plus get to ride a steam train. The ride round trip was approximately 1 hour (we did not get off at Silver Plume).
There are two different classes of cars- Parlor and Coach. The Parlor option includes tables, chairs, snacks, and a non-alcoholic beverage. They are enclosed cars. The Coach option will let you choose either an open aired car (spring, summer, and fall) or an enclosed car.
We chose the Coach ticket. We rode to Silver Plume in a train that was mostly enclosed but had some open windows. We rode back down in the fully open train car. I think we preferred being in the open train as we got more of a feel for the outside.
If you choose an open aired car, beware of the smoke plume that comes out of the steam engine. I read some comments that said that this caused soot damage on their clothes. We were far enough back (about 4 cars) and did not have any soot on our clothes.
The Georgetown Loop Train also offers many different seasonal options: there’s a pumpkin patch at fall time, a train ride with Santa at Christmastime, an Oktoberfest ride, plus check the website often to what is coming up next!
It is also typically much cooler up in the mountains- especially in the mornings and evenings. Be sure to bring enough clothing!
When purchasing tickets there is also an option to add on a mine tour (for an additional price). There are several different options for mine tours, check website for details! We did not do the mine tour as I thought my youngest boy (age 2.5) would not have the attention span.
Boys’ ages at time of train ride: 6, 4, 2. Plus we had my sister and her two boys ages 3 and 1. Not stroller friendly.
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