A Corkscrew Route with Wine: Colorado’s Georgetown Loop Railroad

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Imaging taking a train through the gorgeous mountains of Colorado while sipping wine, eating fruit and cheese?

Around since 1884, the Georgetown Loop Railroad was one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions. Georgetown and Silver Plume (both mining towns), lie two miles apart in a steep, narrow mountain canyon.

To connect them, the railroad’s builders designed a “corkscrew” route that traveled twice the distance, slowly gaining more than 600 feet in elevation. It included horseshoe curves, 4% grades and four bridges across Clear Creek, including the massive Devil’s Gate High Bridge. 

In 1973, the Colorado Historical Society began restoring the railroad as part of its 978-acre Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park.  Here’s the complete history starting from the 1800s till present day.

In addition to taking one way and round-trip runs, you can also tour the Lebanon Silver Mine (accessed only by the railroad).

Trained tour guides will lead you through the mine, show you the mine manager’s office, the change room (also called a “dry”), and the blacksmith shop and tool shed. This is a walking tour lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes and the train rides are 30 minutes long, one way.

If you want to add a l’il luxury to the experience, sit in the dining car towards the back, where they’ll bring you wine and cheese as well as red and white wine.


































Popping the cork of course…On board was Ray, who was entertaining and informative.












All the staff were nothing short of awesome, not to mention charming…













































The railroad is a must-stop if you’re in the area. It’s perfect as a romantic add-on to an already perfect weekend, great for kids who can learn about the history of Colorado, mining and trains at the same time, and for the lazy traveler who simply wants to kick back and take in stunning landscape while drinking a Cabernet Sauvignon.



































It’s also interesting to wander around the home ‘base’ as well.














































I particularly love the ‘behind the scenes’ places where you can really get the history and lay of the land.



































Take a look at a l’il video I shot watching the train come in.

For more blog posts on Colorado, click here. See my whiz bang tour post here. For my post on Georgetown, the ‘town’, click here.

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