Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Why walk or drive to the top of Pikes Peak when you can ride? From the train depot in Manitou Springs to 14,115 feet, you'll experience many of the different ecosystems of Colorado, with plenty of local lore - and more than a few corny jokes - from knowledgeable tour guides. cograilway.com


Colorado Railroad Museum

Train buffs who find themselves in the Denver area should make a side trip to check out this museum in Golden. You can immerse yourself in train history and on Saturdays take a ride through the foothills of the Rockies. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. coloradorailroadmuseum.org


Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

This is probably the prettiest train ride in Colorado and, at nearly 5 hours' drive from the Front Range, the hardest to reach. This authentic steam train, which operates May through October, has been going to the secluded mountain town of Silverton for 130 years. durangotrain.com


Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

This train runs from Alamosa in three directions, with the most popular going over La Veta Pass, where the railroad has built a solar-powered concert venue in the wilderness. You can take in the view, attend a backcountry concert or enjoy the popular June 22 beer festival. coloradotrain.com


Royal Gorge Route Railroad

If you haven't seen the Royal Gorge from the bottom, then you haven't seen the Royal Gorge. This Ca?n City train launched in 1999 and rolls along the scenic, powerful Arkansas River more than 1,000 feet below the famous bridge. It features first-class dining, murder mysteries and more. royalgorgeroute.com