Groups looking for relaxation and postcard-perfect views will find what they’re looking for on the West’s many tourist trains. Here are a few choices that supplement those mentioned in the “Scenic Western Adventures” article in June’s Leisure Group Travel:

Fifty miles west of Denver is the Georgetown Loop Railroad in the old silver mining town of Georgetown, Colo. Hop aboard for the 70-minute journey through the Rocky Mountains or choose a longer trip that includes a mine tour. The powerful diesel locomotive traverses Clear Creek canyon and crosses the reconstructed Devil’s Gate Viaduct, an 1880s engineering feat that towers 95 feet above the canyon. It is here that the track crosses over itself, forming a spiral or “loop.” The train also features holiday-themed tours, including a Fourth of July Fireworks Train, Pumpkin Festival Train, Oktoberfest Train and Santa’s North Pole Adventure. (georgetownlooprr.com)

 

Heber Valley Railroad

Eagle Cap Excursion Train operates on a 63-mile line through Northeast Oregon. Linking the towns of Elgin, Wallowa, Enterprise and Joseph, the train provides views of the wilderness following the Grande Ronde River till it connects with the Wallowa River. The 3½-hour trip passes through ridges, basalt cliffs and forests abundant with wildlife. (eaglecaptrain.com)

Running in the shadow of Mount St. Helens in Washington, Chehalis-Centralia Railroad features a 1916 steam locomotive that provides scenic views of Western Washington. The railroad offers a 12-mile Milburn run and a longer 18-mile roundtrip that extends the ride along the Chehalis River. Options include a brunch or dinner train and special events, such as an annual Pumpkin Train and themed dinner trains. (steamtrainride.com)

Heber Valley Railroad in Utah offers a ride through Deer Creek Reservoir and Provo Canyon near the Wasatch Mountains. Built in 1899, the railroad offers two excursions. The first is Provo Canyon Limited, a three-hour roundtrip to Vivian Park. The second is Soldier Hollow Express, a 90-minute roundtrip to Deer Creek Reservoir. Operating year-round, the railroad provides excursion packages for the summer and winter. Summer packages include a combined rate for river rafting or biking with the train ride, while winter packages include tubing down a 1,000 foot-hill. (hebervalleyrr.org)

 

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