Haunted houses and cornfields will always have their place in the October to-do list, but for a little more sophisticated Halloween fun (almost an oxymoron), the Royal Gorge Route Railroad offers a grown-up, gourmet and hysterical trip down the scenic route with their Murder Mystery Train.
In a classic “who dunnit” murder mystery, the cabins of the luxury train are visited by characters like “the sheriff” and “the gunfighter,” leaving it to the diners to determine who pulled the trigger. The train has partnered with Red Herring Productions to put on the rolling entertainment, available October 1st, 15th and 29th for a price of $110 per person.
With both the natural and theatrical scenery, the train will be offering its signature three-course dinner menu and immaculate service. Whether it’s the slow roasted prime rib, or the fresh salmon, each dish has been created by Executive Chef Jeremy Garnett, and can be paired with wines from local vineyards. While a mere 120 minutes away, the culinary experience alone seems like vacation from the hustle and bustle of Denver. Add in the fact all the dishes are prepared made-to-order on the train, turns the evening into a modern marvel. Kids 8 and up are allowed, but the night is the perfect trick for mom and dad to sneak away for a date night, and a treat from start to finish.
If participatory storytelling isn’t your thing, or if you’re looking for something where you can take the dressed up kiddos along, the Halloween “Trick or Treat” Train is a great option. You and your costumed minions can hop aboard for a two-hour ride in either the Coach or Vista Dome (opt for Vista Dome if you haven’t done the train before, the views are amazing) taking a spooky journey through the Gorge. The experience concludes with a trip to a pumpkin patch where kids can pluck a gourd of their choosing along with a treat bag.
For the grown ups in the group, libations are available in the newly remodeled Sunshine Falls Bar Car. More than $100,000 was spent restoring the unique rolling watering hole with warm woods, custom table seating and large plate glass windows. Food can be ordered at the bar as well. The train leaves at 12:30 p.m, running for two days only, Oct. 29th and 30th.
Whether it’s the Murder Mystery, or the Trick or Treat Train, make sure to keep an eye out for the ghost of the Santa Fe Depot, believed to be an old railroader from the 1870’s war of the Royal Gorge. Also, make sure to check out the Royal Gorge tourism page for other happenings in and around the Gorge and Cañon City if you’re going to make the trip—it’s an awesome little town.