Leadville Railroad


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Front of the Leadville Colorado and Southern Railroad train near Leadville and Twin Lakes area in Colorado. Sightseeing Train Trip above Leadville. 2-1/2 Hours of History and Fun. Journey into the Untamed Wilderness.
Sightseeing Train Trip Above Leadville: 2-1/2 Hours of History and Fun - Journey into the Untamed Wilderness - Late Spring Through Mid-Fall

Current Schedule | Train Ride Reservations

Discover a True Gem High Above The Clouds . . .

. . . In the Colorado Rocky Mountains


The historic mining town of Leadville is tucked away in an alpine valley at the base of Colorado's highest peak, Mount Elbert (14,439 feet of elevation). Here you will find spectacular views, volumes of living history, and a population proud of its working-class heritage. Winding through this colorful tapestry like a brilliant red ribbon is the Leadville Railroad.

View of aspens changing to gold from train car during the Fall Oktoberfest train ride with Leadville Colorado and Southern Railroad Company near Leadville and Twin Lakes area in Colorado
OKTOBERFEST: Every Saturday and Sunday in October - See the Fall Colors - 2-1/2 Hour Train Ride from Leadville, Colorado
Leadville Colorado and Southern Railroad Winter Holiday Express Train blanketed in snow with blue skies near Leadville and Twin Lakes area in Colorado
WINTER / HOLIDAY EXPRESS: A Magical, Fun-Filled Holiday Adventure - Heated Lounge Cars - Booth Seating - Large Windows

Originating in "the highest incorporated city in North America," the Leadville Railroad takes passengers along the old Denver, South Park, Pacific and Colorado and Southern lines to the CONTINENTAL DIVIDE. But, as the old adage states, "It's not the destination, but the journey that's important." This journey is full of panoramas across the Arkansas River Valley and humorous narratives about Leadville's colorful past. Mining and railroading were a large part of the local history, and today's passengers will find it easy to step back in time.

Besides the spectacular views and relaxing ride, the best part is entering the untamed wilderness. We go through aspen and pine forests with brilliant colors in the fall and meadows covered with wildflowers and sometimes wildlife.

The train makes a 15-minute stop at an old steam engine water tower, where passengers will be able to get off the train and explore the area, tour through the engine, and visit a vintage caboose.

SERVICES OFFERED: Coach Ride, Engine Ride, Caboose Ride, Wildflower Rides, Fall Photo Rides, and BBQ Rides.

2023-2024 SCHEDULE

FAQ: The train is dog- and turtle-friendly! Free parking: cars, RVs, and buses.

Our Holiday Express starts November 18-21, 2023, November 24-25, 2023, then on Friday and Sunday from December 1-16, 2023, and daily from December 17, 2023 - January 7, 2024 (closed December 24th and 25th). The Winter Express runs January 11-April 13, 2024, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; PLUS January 14th, 15th, and February 18th, 2024.


February 14, 2024: The Sweetheart Train Ride (We have a desert package for purchase.) leaving the depot at 1:00pm and 4:00pm.

March 17, 2024: The St. Patrick's Day Train Ride (We have hidden gold coins with prizes on board.) leaves the depot at 1:00pm.

March 31, 2024: The Easter Express Train Ride (There will be an egg hunt with prizes; $15 to participate.) leaves the depot at 1:00pm.

SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL 2024 the Leadville Railroad Train will run:

May 25 - June 14, 2024 leaves the depot at 2:00pm.

June 15 - August 18, 2024 leaving the depot twice a day at 10:00am and 2:00pm.

August 19 - October 6, 2024 (Monday - Thursday) leaves the depot at 2:00pm.

August 19 - October 6, 2024 (Friday - Sunday) leaving the depot twice a day at 10:00am and 2:00pm.

October 12-27, 2024 (Saturday and Sunday) leaves the depot at 2:00pm.

All trips are 2-1/2 hours long unless otherwise noted

2024 SPECIAL TOURS - Call for Information and Reservations - 866-386-3936

TOP OF THE ROCKIES ZIP-LINE AND TRAIN RIDE SPECIAL: Enjoy a scenic train ride through the San Isabel National Forest, then zip line down to base camp. This four-hour tour is perfect for adults and children, giving them an opportunity to see untouched wilderness.

RAFT AND RAIL PACKAGE SPECIAL: Spend the morning rafting through class 3 and 4 rapids in Brown's Canyon. Then head up to Leadville in the afternoon to relax on a 2-1/2-hour scenic train ride through the Rocky Mountains. This package includes a lunch upon arrival at the depot. This full-day adventure offers fun for the whole family!

OKTOBERFEST: Featuring seasonal libations including beers and hot cider. This trip is great for the whole family to enjoy. As we head into cooler weather, remember to pack jackets, mittens, hats, and blankets so that you can bundle up for the journey.

WINTER / HOLIDAY EXPRESS: For a magical, fun-filled holiday adventure! Travel through the snowy Colorado mountains on a memorable trip for the entire family! Enjoy seating in one of our three brand-new heated lounge cars with comfortable booth seating and large windows. Come enjoy our decorated train with lights.


LOCATION: We are in north-central Colorado, along the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway in Leadville, Colorado. Two hours west of Denver. Within one hour of Summit County's many resorts and 45 minutes from Buena Vista, Colorado Springs is a 2-1/2-hour drive.

ADDRESS for the TRAIN DEPOT: 326 East 7th Street, Leadville, CO 80461

PHONE: 719-486-3936 or 866-386-3936 - For more information on daily departures and seasonal events, mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.



  • Specialty Discounts (call for availability): Groups.



  • Groups Welcome: Club. Corporate. Reunion. Weddings. Elopements. Youth group with adult leaders. Retreat.
  • Group Meeting Area: Outdoor area.
  • Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Outdoor Open Picnic Area: 250
  • Your Host will Cater or Arrange Meals with Advance Arrangements: Yes


  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: 5/25 to 10/27

Primarily Summer Activities

  • Tourist Train Rides: On site.
  • Historic/Cultural Tours: On site.

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