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Colorado’s most breathtaking rolling restaurant

Come experience a spectacular train ride through the Colorado Rockies in comfort and style. The Royal Gorge train combines breathtaking scenery and exceptional service with delicious food, sourced locally and prepared fresh right on board the train for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The train offers up to four departures daily!

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On behalf of our incredibly hardworking team here at the Royal Gorge Route, we thank you for riding and ask for an extra dose of sincere kindness during this holiday season.

We are so fortunate to be open and stocked with everything we need to run our rolling restaurant up to four times daily through the Royal Gorge. Our star staff is working harder than ever before to make sure you have a truly wonderful experience. But like everyone else, we have fewer team members doing more than ever to make you happy and comfortable throughout your journey.

On occasion, things may take a little longer, and your time with us may just be a little bit different than in years’ past. Please be patient with us, and above all, please be kind to our team.

Our staff thrives on your kindness and appreciation – and it’s absolutely true that when you put kindness out into the world, you get it back.

We are so excited to celebrate this joyous time of year with you, and will be doing our very best to create wonderful memories for you and your family.

Most sincerely,


The Royal Gorge Route Railroad offers up to four daily departures, including 9:15 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:30 pm, with 6:30 pm departures on weekends. Click BOOK NOW to select your journey and view departure options.

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Don’t take our word for it

In 1905, President Teddy Roosevelt described our railroad as “The trip that bankrupts the English language!”.

This is a truly memorable train ride through the Colorado Rockies where we combine gorgeous scenery, exceptional service, and gourmet food, sourced locally and prepared fresh right on board the train for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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  • 4 star rating Dining on the rails We had a club car experience and it was wonderful! Our seats were on the south side of the train and it had an incredible view for the duration of... read more - EliLap24 - 6/25/2020 

    5 star rating Great time. Very fun! Inside car gets a little chilly so bring a light sweater. Friendly staff made us feel so comfortable. Train ride awesome and view was great!! Female conductor was... read more - debdanjo3 - 6/23/2020 

    5 star rating Great Experience This a must do in Colorado springs. We went to the Royal Gorge bridge prior to riding the train and it really made a difference. The river is spectacular... read more - RobertD4137 - 6/22/2020 

  • 5 star rating Fun day trip This was my first time on a passenger train and it didn’t disappoint. We sat in the Vista Dome and the views were amazing. It was nice to... read more - herowannabe - 6/20/2020 

    5 star rating Moments Make Memories Enjoying nachos and Prosecco, delivered by Acacia. She’s funny, efficient, quick, and a wealth of knowledge - Nicole G. - 6/17/2020 

    4 star rating Great views and service, food just ok Took the dome car with our family of five, all sat together, it was very comfortable, but if it’s a nice day I would’ve gone coach and spent the ride... read more - RTMamacita - 6/14/2020 

Adventure awaits

Hop aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and experience a one-of-a-kind adventure through the Royal Gorge and Colorado Rockies. Departing daily from the Santa Fe Depot in Canon City.

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