RIDE THE RAILS
Railroads have a deep history in Colorado. Even in the most remote locations, it’s not rare to come across remains of ancient tracks from the state’s Old West glory days. And there are plenty of railroads still in operation here that give you access to views that would be impossible to see on foot or by car. The iconic Rio Grande railroad, originally completed in 1878, will transport you from Alamosa over La Veta Pass and back as you take in the same views that miners and farmers saw 140 years ago. In Colorado Springs, you can ride the Cog Railway to the top of Pikes Peak, one of Colorado’s 53 “fourteeners” (that’s what we call mountains with an elevation over 14,000 feet, and it’s a term you need to know). In the winter, grab your gear and take the Winter Park Express, aka the “ski train,” to the slopes while avoiding I-70 traffic (another thing you should get used to hearing about). And in Cañon City, you can take a two-hour trek on another portion of the Rio Grande, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, where you’ll dine on first-class worthy food as the train winds through the Colorado Rockies with 1,000-foot cliffs looming above.