Leadville CO & Southern Railroad Co


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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

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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 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, Colorado and Southern 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 -- Magical, Fun-Filled Holiday Adventure -- Heated Lounge Cars -- Booth Seating -- Large Windows

Originating in "the highest incorporated city in North America," the LCandS takes passengers along the old Denver, South Park and 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. We stop just before the Climax Molybdenum Mine. There you can get off the train to view the wildflowers, take pictures and wander for fifteen minutes.

SERVICES OFFERED: Coach Ride, Engine Ride, Caboose Ride, Wildflower Rides, Fall Photo Rides, BBQ Rides; and Free Parking: Cars, RVs and Buses.

2022-2023 SCHEDULE

FAQ: The train is dog and turtle friendly!

Our Holiday Express runs November 19-20 and 25-27, 2022; December 2-4 and 9-11, 2022; Daily December 16, 2022 - January 8, 2023 (*Closed December 24-25); and January 12-16 and 19-21, 2023.

The Winter Express runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from January 26 - April 1, 2023.

In 2023 the Leadville Colorado and Southern Railroad Train Runs from May 27th - October 5th with morning and afternoon rides.

Wildflower Special Train Rides are on Saturday July 22 and 29; August 5, 2023.

Devils Tail BBQ Special Evening Train Rides run on Friday July 7, August 18, September 1 and 8, 2023.

Fall Special Morning Train Rides run daily from September 1 - October 15, 2023.

Fall Special Afternoon Train Rides run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 1 - November 1, 2023.

Our Oktoberfest Train Rides run from October 7-28, 2023 on Saturdays and Sundays only.

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

2023 TRAIN SCHEDULE IN SPRING: May 27th - June 9th: Departing at 1pm

2023 TRAIN SCHEDULE IN MID-SUMMER: June 10th - August 20th: Departing at 10am and 2pm

2023 TRAIN SCHEDULE IN LATE SUMMER: August 21st - October 5th: Departing Monday-Thursday at 1pm; and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10am and 2pm

2023 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 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 from 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 1-866-386-3936 -- 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: 5/27 to 10/5

Primarily Summer Activities

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

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