The Royal Gorge
Ready to experience a different side of the Royal Gorge Route? Make new memories this season by joining us aboard our Holiday Train! Bring friends and family for a ride in our well-appointed train cars while you enjoy a fantastic lunch paired with your favorites from the fully stocked bar, all while taking in the spectacular winter scenery deep within Colorado’s grandest canyon.
Just like the Santa Express Train, the Holiday Train travels all the way through the Royal Gorge for a round trip journey. Our Holiday Train railcars are decorated beautifully to celebrate the season, and the vibe is relaxed for guests of all ages.
Warm up from the inside out with one of our holiday cocktails or your personal favorites from our extensive bar selection. Then, enjoy fresh, delicious offerings from our 403 Grill menu (named after our 1950’s locomotive) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Gather around our tasty appetizers and order your favorites for lunch, like Basil Chicken Panini or Grass-fed Angus & Buffalo Burgers. Riding the Breakfast Train? Your choice of hearty breakfast burritos, pancakes, and omelets are always available on our morning departures.
Wander outside anytime to experience our open observation car. You’ll enjoy 360° views of the rushing Arkansas River, geological formations within the Royal Gorge, and historic sites. Remember your coat, gloves and holiday cheer!
If you’re looking for Santa Claus, Christmas carols, cocoa and cookies, and a gift for every child, check out the Santa Express Train!
What’s included aboard the Holiday Train?
Your Holiday Train ticket purchase includes your journey through the spectacular Royal Gorge.
Our 403 Grill and full bar are stocked and open on every departure aboard Vista Dome and Deluxe railcars. Coach cars offer beverage service only. Please take note: All dining, beverages and server gratuities are additional to the cost of your ticket.
Duration of Trip
Approx. 2 hours
All listed prices include your journey aboard the Royal Gorge Route and do not include taxes, fees, dining or gratuity.
$109 Adult /$104 Child (ages 1-12) for Vista Dome: Offers the most spectacular views of the breathtaking Royal Gorge and the mighty Arkansas River. Vista Dome offers comfortable booth-styled seats for a relaxing trip through this meandering canyon. Dining and beverages are available for purchase during your journey.
$109 Adult (ages 13+) for Deluxe: Comfortable table style seating in one of our historic Deluxe cars. Featuring unique warm woods and large picture windows that showcases the beautiful canyon during our majestic winter season. Dining and beverages are available for purchase during your journey.
$79 Adult / $74 Child (ages 1-12) for Coach: Comfortable seats with expansive windows that showcase pristine views throughout one of Colorado’s grandest canyons. Beverages are available for purchase during your journey.
*Seating is limited due to popularity. Thus, in keeping with railroad tradition, parties of two might be combined to sit together at a pod (in Coach) or a table of four (in Deluxe or Vista Dome). When seated with another party, 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.
Dates of Service
Dates of Service
November, December & Early January – various dates and times.
Click Book Now to view our Holiday Train schedule.
Please arrive 1 hour to 45 minutes prior to departure to pick up your tickets.
The Fine Print
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.
Holiday Train 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 animals 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 to book the entire car for groups of 60 or more guests.