All Aboard! Specials and Packages on the Rails
Next Saturday, May 28 the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad‘s (LCSR) will blow the whistle on its 28th year in business. So “All Aboard” to catch up with what’s happening on the Leadville train.
Daily train rides will begin over memorial Day Weekend, with an afternoon ride leaving at 1 p.m. until June 18, when things kick into high gear with two-a-days, departures at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
This year, there are more packages and special rides than ever. If you and your family/group are looking for some Rocky Mountain adventure, take your pick from the “Raft and Rail” or the “Zip Line and Train” package deals.
On the Zip Line and Train combo, guests will enjoy a scenic train ride up through the San Isabel National Forest.
Then once at the end of the line, your group is taken up for Zip Line fun, traveling all the way down to base camp at Top of The Rockies Zip Line. This four-hour tour is perfect for adults and children, giving them an opportunity to see untouched wilderness. This package deal is available throughout the train season, for more information and to book your Zip/Train tour visit the Top of the Rockies website: HERE.
Or maybe you’re up for some white water adventure, with a half-day with Noah’s Ark Colorado Rafting; afterward kick back on a 2 ½ hour scenic train ride in the afternoon. The “Raft and Rail” packages run daily between May 28 and August 16.
If you’re looking to add to your train experience, choose from one of these special rides. The special Devil’s Tail BBQ BBQ Train will take place on July 8 and departs for a two-hour evening ride, enjoying some award-winning BBQ along the way. Last year, this trip sold out quickly, so make reservations now. Or consider the LCSR’s Stork Curve-Climax Specials with a light supper. These will be 3 ½ hour trips that go to the end of the line. Travel over the Arkansas River at its headwaters and see the beauty of the sunset. Mark the calendar for these two special rides on July 8 or September 2; the train departs at 4:30 p.m. Please call to make reservations, as seating is limited. 1-866-386-3936.
Of course, the 2016 season will also see the return of the train’s popular Wildflower and Photo Special rides. Join their experienced wildflower tour guides for a 20-minute hike through pine forests, aspen groves and open meadows. View a multitude of varieties of wildflowers at the water tower. Some flowers sighted include Indian Paintbrush, Lupine and wild strawberries. You may find anything from the “local” deer to a mushroom in a wet marsh. Remember hiking shoes, a water bottle and camera. The train ride will depart at 10 a.m. and arrive back at the depot at 1 p.m. This hike is for people of all capabilities and interests please. Wildflower Specials will be July 16, July 30 and August 6.
The Fall Photo Specials are offered three different weekends in September when the aspens are putting on a show all their own. Get that special shot framed by Colorado’s autumn beauty! This tour goes all the way, an additional mile and a half allowing you to see the full beauty of the Arkansas River Valley and will take 3 hours. Bring your camera and your jacket! For more information on any of these special packages or rides, call 1-866-386-3936 or check out more details on the LCSR website.