This past July while visiting Keystone, Colorado with family, we decided take the whole group over to Georgetown. Several of us felt it would be fun to check out the Georgetown Loop Railroad. We were able to easily buy our tickets ahead of time online. We chose a package deal which included the train ride as well as a tour of the Lebanon Silver Mine.
To get to the silver mine you must ride the train a short distance from Silver Plume. Once there you are given hard hats and flashlights and then given safety information. The tour guide does a wonderful job explaining everything in regard to the history of the mine. She took us down into the mine which is generally in the forties at all times. It was definitely cooler inside than the hot July air, so you may want a sweatshirt for this tour.
Inside the mine we took a bunch of fun pictures. We learned what a day would be like in the life of a miner. We saw some small stalactites and a few different spots with calcification. The information that our guide relayed was very much like a story that drew you in and made you feel like you were a part of the mining camp.
After we finished the mine tour we got back on the train and rode the distance to the Devil’s Gate Depot in Georgetown. The ride is very scenic and relaxing. Most of the cars on the train are open so you get to feel the breeze as you go. At Devil’s Gate we got to watch as they moved the engine to the opposite end of the train so that we could turn around and head back to Silver Plume.
I greatly enjoyed this tour and would absolutely do it again. The views from the train were enough to make me want to come back. If you love train rides and the mountains, I would highly recommend this experience.
To book tickets or look up more information on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, please visit: https://www.georgetownlooprr.com/