Leaf-viewing, Oktoberfests, pumpkin fests, and Halloween rides are your tickets to fun this fall.       

It's that time of year again! We are now in the season that puts the "color" in Colorado, and our thoughts turn to pumpkins, harvests, and all things fall.

You can take a wonderful drive to see fall colors this year ... OR, you could celebrate the season with something truly unique and exciting: hit the rails! Across the state, Colorado's railroad heritage still rolls through our high country, valleys, and more. These trains have several events that will help this year's autumn and the Halloween holiday one to remember.    

Georgetown Loop Railroad

Hit the high-country for loads of color with daily trips between Georgetown and Silver Plume. The annual Oktoberfest Trains let you celebrate the season in all ways in October. Enjoy microbrew tasting, rootbeer, and a free bratwurst or hot dog. Join the train for Pumpkin Fest. The event includes a train ride, face painting, games, a bounce castle, holiday characters, and best of all, children will receive a free pumpkin to take home. If you are in for some fun Halloween adventures, several haunted mine tours will give you thrills and chills!

Fall Colors Georgetown Loop Service: Several trips daily during peak season
Where: Devil’s Gate Depot and Silver Plume Depot
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Oktoberfest Train Service: Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 26
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Pumpkin Festival: Oct. 5 and 6 (Trains departing from the Silver Plume Depot only)
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Oktoberfest Train, Royal Gorge Railroad

Willkommen An Bord Der Bier Train! Celebrate Oktoberfest with a rolling good time! You can choose from Chicken Grand Marnier, Slow Roasted Pork Shank, Colorado Wellington, Blackened Salmon, and Vegetable Napoleon or the train's Oktoberfest special featuring Duck Roulade and Stuffed Quail, Spaetzle and Vegetables. Enjoy a tasty brew and in the spectacular Royal Gorge scenery to the musical stylings of the accordion. Prost!

Dates of Service: Daily, Through Oct. 20
Where: Royal Gorge Route, Santa Fe Depot, Canon City
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Halloween Train: Trick-or-Treat on the train! Costumed kiddos and family can take a ride through the Royal Gorge in its Autumn splendor. There will be a family costume parade and trick or treating on the train, complete with Halloween games and music. There's also food available, and adult treats (i.e. ales, wines, etc.) for the adults. 
Service: Oct. 26-27 and Oct. 25-26
Where: Royal Gorge Route, Santa Fe Depot, Canon City
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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

This former narrow-gauge line runs in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Through the 64-mile trip, you'll catch the views of the San Juan Mountains, passing over the 10,000+ foot Cumbres Pass and through the Toltec Gorge, which is sure to be spectacular during autumn. The train runs the rails through October, so you are sure to catch peak season. 

Dates of Service: Daily until Oct. 20
Where: Antonito, Colo. Depot
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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

This famous train operates throughout the fall season, giving you a chance to see the fall foliage during September and October. You can take any of the daily trains to catch miles and miles of golden aspens, red and orange oak brush, and so much more. In addition, kids can get ready for Halloween on the Peanuts The Great Pumpkin Patch Express. The fun event includes a 1/2-hour train ride, a trick-or-treating bag, a special reading of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Brown," and so much more!

D&SNGR Dates of Service: Daily
Where: Durango Depot
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Peanuts The Great Pumpkin Patch Express: Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20
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Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

You will enjoy breathtaking views, with each bend of track revealing a new, autumn scene to enjoy. Add a little extra fun to your trip by getting a ticket to ride the Oktoberfest train, and enjoy an ale on the rails or sip some cider, all paired with culinary treats. If you want to have some family fun, get dressed up in Halloween costumes, take part in fall activities, and much more on the Pumpkin Patch Express.

Dates of Service: Daily until Oct. 6, only special trains below after that. 
Where: Leadville Depot
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Oktoberfest Train: Weekends in October
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Pumpkin Patch Express: Weekends in October
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Rio Grande Scenic Railroad Fall Colors Explorer

Departing from either Alamosa or Fort Garland, and using a section of the former Rio Grande railroad over La Veta Pass and back, this line invites guests aboard the Fall Colors Explorer through October 12. Take in the leaves in the climate-controlled dome cars while dining on tasty brunch fare. You can also get some spectacular photos thanks to a few staged stops along the route.

Fall Colors Explorer Dates: Through Oct. 12
Where: Alamosa and Ft. Garland Depots
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Rio Grande Fall train

Courtesy of Rio Grande Scenic Railroad.

Colorado Railroad Museum Trick-or-Treat Train 

It's full-steam ahead into Halloween with this fun and family-friendly train ride. You will board the costumed-conductor filled cars and visit special stops where kids can trick-or-treat for goodies! Other fun activities will be on hand, creating a fun day for all ages. 

Trick-or-Treat Train Dates: Oct. 26-27
Where: 17155 W. 44th Avenue Golden, CO
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What do you think of all the fun train rides happening across Colorado this fall? Are there any train rides that we missed on our list? Sound off in the comments below.