If you’ve ridden the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad‘s in the last couple of years you probably noticed the upgrades at the water tower stop, a favorite picture-taking spot, as well as new gazebo at the historic depot. But this season, 2018 rail-riders will see changes on-board.
Although the Leadville tourist railroad has been offering food and drink for years, guests will see a bigger section of food offerings, and an expanded spirits selection as well.
“We are going beyond hot dogs this season,” said Kirstin Ayers, LCSR President, explaining that the train has expanded its concession car for 2019 and will be offering sandwiches and other food options for passengers. But guests can still find a good, old-fashioned hot dog for their journey as well.
Now of course, when it comes to food, what goes in, well, er, must come out. To that end (pun intended), the railroad has now constructed its own potty caboose. Not only will guests see shorter, if any, lines to use the restroom, but all of the bathroom facilities will be dedicated to one rail car. This upgrade certainly makes the Leadville train #1 in the number two business!
This Saturday, May 25 is Opening Day for the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad‘s 2018 season. They have some incredible special packages and rides but many sell-outs, so if you’re looking for something special, you’d better plan ahead and make a reservation now. It’s All Aboard for the Leadville Train!
The Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad‘s (LCSR) will blow the whistle on its 31st year in business on Saturday, May 26. So come along for the #AllAboard for 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 15, 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 “Rails and Zip Line Tour” package deals.
On the zip line 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 five-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 25 and August 17.
If you’re looking to add some lip-smackin’ flavor to your train experience, choose from one of these special rides. The Devil’s Tail BBQ Train features an evening train ride, on July 6, departing the depot at 6 p.m., as well as August 30 and September 13, departing the depot at 4:30 p.m. All Aboard for a 2 1/2 hour evening ride, enjoying some award-winning BBQ along the way. Last year, these trips sold out, so make reservations now.
Of course, the 2019 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 20, July 27 and August 3.
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!
So plan ahead for your next vacation or summer visitors. It may be just what gets you through a snowy spring! For more information on any of these special packages check out the LCSR website.