In 1999, following a 32-year hiatus, passenger service on the Royal Gorge Route, a 12-mile segment of the old D&RG train line, was restored. Visitors can make the two-hour ride in carriages or open-air observation cars from Cañon City to Parkdale and back through the majestic gorge. Riding these rails along the Arkansas River is unforgettable.

Trips range from the basic to more eventful journeys with lunch, dinner, wine, and even a murder. Make that a staged murder, which you can help solve. Then there’s the Santa Express, a popular family trip during the Christmas season. Trips begin and end at the old Santa Fe Depot in Cañon City.