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Looking for an outstanding scenic journey through some of Colorado’s most beautiful hills, valleys and history? A cruise on the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad’s 15-ton Iron Horse train is just the ticket!

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Located in Cripple Creek, Colorado, the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad is a family-owned attraction with deep roots in railroad history. Every year since its grand opening in 1967, families, train enthusiasts and other Colorado visitors flock to the small mining town to take a trip on the railroad’s open-air, coal-fired locomotives, checking out historic mining structures, scenic views and more.

The journey begins at the town’s train depot, a building that dates back to 1894. Every 40 minutes, from May to October, visitors can hop on and experience what it was like to travel the Midland Terminal roadbed at the height of the Gold Rush in Colorado — but in a far more relaxing and enjoyable way.

While you travel along in open-air cars, you’ll be treated to a narrated history of the region and the miners who came to Cripple Creek and Victor to find their fortunes in the streams and earth of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The train also stops to share unique points of interest and allow riders ample opportunity to snap photos of the views that abound along the way.

The Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad is perfect for a variety of riders, with accommodations for those with certain disabilities or the need for wheelchair accessibility (just be sure to call ahead). The trains are also pet-friendly, which means you can bring your leashed, well-behaved pupper along for the ride! That’s a new way for Fido to feel the breeze for sure.At the end of your ride, you can check out the railroad gift shop, which has more than a few train-related items, including Thomas the Tank toys that kids are sure to love. (They also ship if you want to send some cool items to a loved one far away.)

Your locomotive adventure is just a simple scenic drive away. Head up to Cripple Creek to experience the fun for yourself today.

Things to know

From $17 / person

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily

Average time

1 hour

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Each trip on the Cripple Creek Railroad is four miles (round trip) and lasts approximately 45 minutes.

The train departs from the station approximately every 40 minutes.

The track goes south out of Cripple Creek, past the old Midland Terminal Wye over a reconstructed trestle, past many historic mines and terminates near the deserted mining camp of Anaconda, then returns back to Cripple Creek.

No reservation is required! Trains run every 40 minutes.

Yes. Although the train cars are covered, they are also open. This means that whatever the weather is outside is what you will be experiencing while riding the train. Please dress according to the weather.


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