Ride with the Engineer

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Ride with the Engineer Experience

Royal Gorge Route has a lot to offer for anyone who loves nature, sports, history, sunny beach leisure and active adventures.

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Explore The Royal Gorge

There’s nothing like the true beauty and raw power of being up-close-and-personal with a locomotive. Enjoy the ride of a lifetime upfront with our engineer in the cab, a very special place to take in a one-of-a-kind view of the Royal Gorge. Our engineer will share fascinating facts and history about the Royal Gorge and this historic Route through the Colorado Rockies.

Guests are invited to remain in the Engineers cab from the Sante Fe Depot all the way to Parkdale. On the return leg, you’ll move to reserved seating in Vista Dome or join the rest of your party, wherever they may be seated, for the return trip to the Santa Fe Depot. In order to dine with friends and family, remember to pre-purchase a meal voucher prior to your engineer’s cab journey.

Your Cab Ride will be in one of our four locomotives:

  • F-7
  • 2238
  • GP-40
  • 728
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Pricing Information

All listed prices do not include taxes and fees.

  • $179 per person
  • $129 per person to accompany a minor

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age if riding alone, or a minimum of 13 years of age when accompanied by an adult parent or guardian

Dates of Service

In-Service During All Regularly Scheduled Departures

  • January 11th – November 15th

Please arrive 45 minutes prior to departure to pick up your tickets.

Rules & Regulations

  • No more than two (2) riders in the cab at any one time.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age if riding alone, or a minimum of 13 years of age when accompanied by an adult parent or guardian.
  • All cab riders must be able to stand, walk, sit and climb stairs without assistance and without the aid of an assistive device. Cab riders who are blind or deaf must be accompanied by a companion.
  • Use of a digital camera for photography is permitted.
  • Mobile phones must be OFF or in ‘airplane mode’.
  • No self-contained breathing equipment (oxygen) or service animals.
  • Riders must wear proper clothing (shorts, skirts, and tank tops are not permitted).
  • Full length pants/jeans are required.
  • No open-toed shoes (sandals, flip flops, etc.) or high heels.
  • Cab rides may not be available on some departures, and specifically, exclude Santa Express departures.

For a full list of rules and regulations that are in effect while Riding with the Engineer, please click here.

The Fine Print

Cab Rides cannot be booked online, please call us at: 719-276-4000 to make a reservation!

Every effort will be made to accommodate any special dietary or physical needs. For questions about the accessibility of the train, its different classes, or if you would like to be seated with another party, please call the reservations department at 888.724.5748 prior to booking a reservation on our web site.

Please call Reservations if you have a wheelchair (24″maximum at base), walker, or difficulties climbing stairs. For questions about the accessibility of the train and its different classes, please call prior to booking a reservation on our website. All seating is assigned/reserved and cannot be guaranteed.

For same day booking please call the reservations department at 888.724.5748

Please note that we seat in parties of 4. In the tradition of railroad fine dining, parties of 2 will most likely be seated across from another couple. Most of our guests enjoy meeting fellow rail fans. When seated with another couple, you and your guest will be seated on the same side. Larger groups will be seated in adjacent rows.

Seating is limited and trains sell out quickly, so make your reservations early online or by calling us at: 888.724.5748.

Every effort will be made to accommodate any special dietary or physical needs. For questions about the accessibility of the train, its different classes, or if you would like to be seated with another party, please call the reservations department at 888.724.5748 prior to booking a reservation on our web site.

Wheelchair Accessibility: The train only can accommodate a limited number of wheelchair patrons per each train departure. The Vista Dome is not accessible to wheelchairs. Guests must be able to climb 14 steps themselves in order to sit in the Dome Cars. Please call a representative at 719-276-4000 to book your tickets for the entire party with a wheelchair or movement impaired passenger.

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