All Aboard for the Georgetown Loop Railroad!
All aboard for the Georgetown Loop Railroad! Are you looking for a memorable adventure in the Rocky Mountains that is fun for kids of all ages? Georgetown has just the ticket. Train ticket that is.
You may already be aware that Georgetown is fast becoming my favorite little Colorado mountain town. They have the best parades, plenty of great restaurants, a new brewery, several cool little shops, a lake and lots of hiking. And, of course, the Georgetown Loop Railroad.
The Georgetown Loop Railroad® was one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions.
Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time. — The Loop
We finally checked out the Georgetown Loop train just a couple weeks ago, when my three nephews were visiting from Michigan. I made a few phone calls and got hooked up with half-price tickets for our group of seven, for which I was extremely grateful – especially considering I’m not accustomed to footing the bill for an entire tribe!
Before we even got to the parking lot, I was already impressed with all the Christmas lights. It’s really decorated up well and puts you in a festive mood before you even get out of the car.
There is so much to take in – the little booth with complimentary hot beverages and cookies, the mountain man roasting chestnuts by an open fire, and local wares on display. All of your senses are thrown into hyper-drive and you haven’t even gone inside for tickets yet!
|The interior of the train is heated, but you may still want to pick up an extra hat or sweatshirt in the well-stocked gift shop. You can do some serious shopping in there – it’s not your standard cheaply made trinkets that you find in a lot of souvenir shops.|
|Don’t get so caught up in the sights, sounds, tastes and smells that you forget to board the train!Santa was on our train. He gifted all of the little ones with jingle bells, really listened to what they had to tell them, and posed for lots of photos. (Santa doesn’t discriminate – he has time for everyone. Even if the youngest in your party is almost a foot taller than his aunt).
So refreshing to have a captive Santa that isn’t rushing off somewhere. He spent lots of time with every group and even led us all on some not-quite-ready-for-prime-time caroling.
The train ride lasts an hour and fifteen minutes, but seems to go by quickly with all the town decorations to view from your rolling, elevated vantage point. There are two train depots that are two miles apart. We started from Devil’s Gate station in Georgetown and looped around the Silver Plume station before heading back to our original point of departure.
Next time, I would like to depart from the Silver Plume depot during daylight hours – just to get another perspective. And there will be a next time.
Besides Santa’s Lighted Forest and his North Pole Adventure, there are your standard (non-event) rides, as well as spooky Tales of the Tommyknockers, Buffalo Bill Daze, Bighorn Sheep Festival, Fall Colors, Photo Trains and more.
There are several I’m excited to experience that include hiking, photography, gold panning and mine tours. Behind the scene tours to which the general public doesn’t have access. Truthfully, I’d like to do it all. (That probably surprises no one).
Hmmm – I may need to check into getting a History Colorado membership to take advantage of discounts for all these adventures …
Happy Holidays from our family to yours. I hope you have an opportunity to visit with Santa as you chug along the track between Silver Plume and Georgetown. He’s going to stay in town for a few more days yet. (Probably needs to work off some of those cookies before he steps back into his sleigh).
See you on the train!