July 5, 2020
After being closed during the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of scenic train rides have once again given the “all aboard!” Some take visitors through rugged mountains and deep canyons. Many operate with historic steam locomotives. Some also have dinner trains. A few remain closed because of the pandemic, and those that have reopened have precautions in place, including face masks and social-distancing requirements. Many are accessible by car and are family friendly. Visitors may have their temperature taken and be required to wear face coverings. Here are some of the places you can go to ride the train.
Royal Gorge Route
This scenic route plunges riders deep into the Arkansas River Canyon in Colorado. The route was once part of the Denver, Rio Grande and Western line from Pueblo, Colorado, to Salt Lake City. The railroad, including its crossing of Tennessee Pass, was closed to freight traffic in 1997. The Royal Gorge Route was launched two years later. The trains offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serve locally brewed beer. (Find out more details about its COVID-19 policies here.)