Good News is heading to Colorado this September for a fun train trip, and we couldn't be more excited!! We posted several weeks ago about 5 Things to See and Do in Colorado, and we're continuing the Colorado excitement today with 15 fun facts about Colorado and its trains!! Don't forget to reserve your spot for this trip soon. You can find all the information here.
1. Colorado is home to the nation's highest train ride, bringing riders to the very top of Pike's Peak.
2. Originally, trains in the Rocky Mountains were used to deliver supplies to inaccessible mining settlements.
3. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad made an appearance in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."
4. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been taking passengers on scenic rides since 1882.
5. Colorado is home to the highest town in the country - Leadville. It is located at an altitude of 10,430 feet!
6. Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado is one of the most archeologically-important sites in America, with some areas dating back to 1300 BC.
7. The song "America the Beautiful" was inspired by Katherine Lee Bates' journey to the summit of Pike's Peak.
8. The highest suspension bridge in the country is located above the Royal Gorge at 955 feet above the water!
9. On the Cripple Creek & Victor line, you can ride a century-old train to old mining towns.
10. The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is the highest and longest train route built on standard gauge rail.
11. When you ride on the D&S Narrow Gauge Railroad, you're using the same tracks that miners and settlers used over one hundred years ago.
12. Of all the land in America that is higher than 10,000 feet in altitude, 75% of it is in Colorado.
13. Thanks to many mining booms and busts over the years, Colorado has almost as many ghost towns as it has live towns. These ghost towns can be found scattered all across the mountainous terrain.
14. The southwest corner of Colorado is part of "The Four Corners," the point where the corners of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado meet.
15. The federal government owns over a third of the land in Colorado.
Did you learn anything new about Colorado? Did you see some facts you already knew? If you liked these facts and pictures, immerse yourself in the beauty of Colorado on our Joinable Tour!