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The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad runs along the Animas River

There’s no better way to explore Colorado’s back country than via its historic tourist trains. Not only will they take you back in time to the era of great rail travel, but they’ll also pass through spectacular scenery and visit picturesque small towns that might otherwise be diffi cult to reach

featured in Indiana Jones and

the Last Crusade, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad


(, running between Antonita in south-central Colorado and Chama in northern New Mexico, claims to be America’s longest and highest coal-fi red, steam-operated, narrow-gauge

railroad. T e Pikes Peak Cog Railway (, which climbs up to the 14,110ft (4,301m) summit of iconic Pike’s Peak near Colorado Springs, claims, on the other hand, to be the highest train in the USA.

One of the most famous

lines is south-west Colorado’s Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

(, linking the former gold mining town of Silverton with Durango, a gateway to the Mesa Verde National Park. Whereas that one runs along high cliff s, The

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ith 64 miles of track and the kudos of being

Royal Gorge Route Railroad

( runs through the Arkansas River’s Royal Gorge near Cañon City in the south-central portion of the state. Among its special features are lunch, dinner and murder mystery trains. In the same area, the

family-owned Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad

(www.cripplecreekrail provides 45-minute

rides from an 1894 depot, off ering stops along the way to photograph Pikes Peak and

old mining camps and The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

(www.riograndescenic links Alamosa, gateway to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with Antonita and Monte Vista. For awesome mountain views

take The Georgetown Loop Railroad (www.georgetown between

Georgetown, 45 miles west of

Denver, and Silver Plume, or The Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

(, beginning in the colourful Old West town of Leadville, which boasts Colorado’s largest historic district.

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