All Aboard for Wild Flowers, Wildlife and BBQ!
A choo-choo and some BBQ! Now what can beat that?!
That’s just one of the things you might experience riding the Leadville train. Now in its 27th year, the railroad is offering some incredible package deals, many still left in the season
This weekend, residents will hear that faithful train whistle blow twice for some special evening train rides.
On Sunday July 12, the BBQ Train departs the historic depot at 6 p.m. It’ll be “All Aboard” for some award winning BBQ and incredible views from the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad (LCSR) as it travels up the Arkansas River Valley through lush aspen and lodge pole pine forest.
Tickets are still available at $57/adults and $30/children. Please call to make reservations limited seating is available. 719-486-3936 or 866-386-3936
Tonight, the whistle will blow for a special fundraising tour at 6 p.m. The Grapes and Grains on Rails Fundraiser for the Advocates of Lake County will be an evening ride and include some Elevation Beer, a sample of Colorado wines and appetizers. Tickets are still available at $40/adults and $30/children under 10 years and can be purchased by calling 719-486-3530. Proceeds benefit victims of domestic violence in Lake County. This special ride is one of many local fundraisers that the train partners with and another great example of local philanthropy, so thanks!
One of the Leadville Train‘s most popular package is the zip and ride package, according to LCSR Marketing Director Kirstin Ayers.
In the morning, your group will ride the train up high above the valley floor, letting you off at the Top of The Rockies Zipline crossing where you’ll be picked up and taken zip your way through the San Isabel National Forest down to base camp. This four hour tour is perfect for adults and children giving them an opportunity to see untouched wilderness and is available throughout the train season website.
And if you can’t make this Sunday’s BBQ Train, there are still some evening dinner and train rides ahead. The LCSR has two Stork Curve-Climax Specials which include a light supper as the train goes to “the end of the line.” These will be 3 and 1/2 hour trips travel over the Arkansas River at its headwaters and see the beauty of the sunset in August. Take your pick of dates: Aug. 21 or Sept. 4, but do it quick as these tours are likely to sell-out. The train departs at 4:30 p.m. Cost: $57 for adult and $30 for children.
This time of year, the majestic mountain views from the train compete with what’s happening on the valley floor – wildflowers! And here’s your chance to see it on The Wildflower Special train rides, but act quickly, as one of the tours is already sold out! There is still room on July 18 at 10 a.m. and on the Aug. 1, 10 a.m. ride.
See the alpine flowers at their peak, splashing the mountain world with vibrant color! Riders on this special train will join the LCSR’s experienced tour guides for a 20 minute hike through pine forests, aspen groves and open meadows. View a multitude of varieties of wildflowers at the water tower. Some flowers sighted include Indian Paintbrush, Lupine and wild strawberries. You may find anything from our “local” deer to a mushroom in a wet marsh. Remember hiking shoes, a water bottle and camera. This hike is for people of all capabilities and interests please call for more information: 866-386-3936.
And why not extend your day’s experience and add-on the Healy House Museum Tour! After the railroad wildflower tour, enjoy a catered box lunch on the lawn at the Healy House Museum in downtown Leadville, where you will also have time to enjoy a stroll through the unique heritage gardens. The gazebo frames the view of Colorado’s highest mountains, Mount Elbert and Mount Massive. The lawn is a good place to view Harrison Avenue and you can see why August Meyer chose the “capital hill” area for his home. Following lunch there will be a private guided tour of both the Healy house Museum and James Dexter’s cabin.
The Wildflower Train tour is $52 per adult and $26 per child; add-on the Healy House Lunch and Tour for an additional $20 per adult and $15 per child (under 12)
And if taking pictures is more your thing, then you don’t want to miss The Photo Special Train Rides which take advantage of Colorado’s autumn beauty! This tour goes all the way, an additional mile and a half, allowing you to see the full beauty of the Arkansas River Valley and will take 3 hours. Bring your camera and your jacket! And the best part? The cost s only the normal rate to ride the train! So grab your camera and other photography-loving friends and pick your date: Sept. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 with two different departure times of 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
So take your pick, but whatever you do, don’t let summer go by without heeding the call for All Aboard!