First Class Lunch Train

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Experience First Class Lunch our Elegant Dining Car

Take in the majestic soaring views of the Royal Gorge while enjoying our fantastic, locally sourced First Class, three-course lunch experience. Ride in style aboard an elegant dining car while enjoying a multi-course culinary delight. Pair your favorite adult beverages while our professional serving staff takes care of you, ensuring a memorable experience.

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The Royal Gorge

Join us aboard our well-appointed full-length Elegant Dining Car with expansive windows for the ultimate in Royal Gorge sight-seeing.

During your journey, professional waitstaff will serve you a beautifully prepared lunch as we navigate through Colorado’s grandest canyon. We’re offering our First Class, three-course lunch train experience at 12:30 p.m.

Your experience begins with a glass of sparkling wine followed by a wedge salad, French rolls and your choice of entree. We complete your First Class Lunch experience with our chef’s choice dessert.

Pair your First Class Lunch with your favorite cocktails, microbrews, wines by the glass or by the bottle from the Conductor’s Reserve Wine List featuring outstanding varietals at more realistic prices not found at other fine dining establishments.

At any time during your journey, First Class passengers are invited to wander outside to an open air observation car to enjoy the 360° scenic vista featuring the rushing Arkansas River, geological formations within the Royal Gorge, and historic sites where the wind carries the echoes of eras gone by.

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Ride & Dine in Style

First Class
Lunch Train
Dining Details

Duration of Trip

Approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes 

  • 12:30 PM several days a week

Pricing Information

First Class Lunch Train

Please note: Pricing may vary when High Season and/or Holiday Pricing applies. Click Book Now to learn more.

Elegant Dining Car

  • Starts at $199/per person (8 and up only)
  • Three-course experience includes a glass of sparkling wine, wedge salad, French rolls, your choice of entree and a chef’s choice dessert. Additional beverages and/or menu items are available for purchase on board.
  • No taxes are assessed for tickets or dining aboard the train. Applicable historic preservation fees and a 22% service charge will be added to your check. No additional gratuity is required.
  • Click here for our First Class Lunch Menu.
  • The Royal Gorge Route Railroad seats in tables of four. In keeping with railroad tradition, parties of two might be combined to sit together at a table of four. When seated with another couple, you and your guest will be seated on the same side of the table. Parties of four will always be seated at the same table.
  • To create a private table experience, you may purchase the open seats at your table for $100/each.

Dates of Service

Our 12:30 PM First Class Lunch Train runs several times a week, and more often throughout the summer and holiday season. Click Book Now to check availability!

The Fine Print

The Royal Gorge Route has a no refund policy.
Virtually all of our guests understand that together, we engage in a common social contract: we provide a journey and dining experience aboard our train through the Royal Gorge. In exchange, guests pay for their ride aboard the train and the food, beverages and other special packages they order. Unfortunately, the pandemic has created a new phenomenon – guests who have no intention of paying are purchasing and enjoying hospitality, travel and restaurant experiences across the U.S., then, they are reversing charges and scamming businesses.

Please don’t purchase a ticket with this intention. Remember, really good people are working hard to provide a wonderful trip and dining experience for you. We promise to do our best and thank you in advance for being a gracious guest.

We look forward to sharing our slice of Royal Gorge beauty with you. 

For same day booking please call the reservations department at 719-276-4000

Please note that we seat in parties of 4. In the tradition of railroad fine dining, parties of 2 will most likely be seated across from another couple. Most of our guests enjoy meeting fellow rail fans. When seated with another couple, you and your guest will be seated on the same side. Larger groups will be seated in adjacent rows.

Seating is limited and trains sell out quickly, so make your reservations early online or by calling us at: 719-276-4000.

Every effort will be made to accommodate any special dietary or physical needs. For questions about the accessibility of the train, its different classes, or if you would like to be seated with another party, please call the reservations department at 719-276-4000 prior to booking a reservation on our web site.

Wheelchair Accessibility: The train only can accommodate a limited number of wheelchair patrons per each train departure. The Vista Dome is not accessible to wheelchairs. Guests must be able to climb 14 steps themselves in order to sit in the Dome Cars.

Please call Reservations if you have a wheelchair (24″maximum at base), walker, or difficulties climbing stairs. For questions about the accessibility of the train and its different classes, please call prior to booking a reservation on our website. All seating is assigned/reserved and cannot be guaranteed.Please call a representative at 719-276-4000 to book your tickets for the entire party with a wheelchair or movement impaired passenger.

Only licensed, certified service pets are allowed on the train.

The Royal Gorge Route follows restaurant health codes. Only licensed, certified service animals are allowed on the train. Any other animals, including emotional support animals, are not allowed on the train.

Call our Group Sales Line at 719.276.4006 or 719.276.4004 to book the entire car for your special group.

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