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Enjoy Craft Beer While Riding Through The Rocky Mountains On This Brew Train

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There’s nothing quite like seeing summer fade into fall, especially in the mountains. And thanks to one Colorado train ride experience, you can take in views of the vibrantly colored trees speckled along the mountainsides all while enjoying some craft beer.

If this sounds like an experience you’d like to have, you’ll have to book a ticket in advance! The dates for 2019 aren’t even scheduled yet, but there’s already a long waiting list, according to the Durango Brew Train website.

If you’re interested in taking one of these lovely train rides next year, it’ll require a little advance planning. All you have to do to get on the waiting list is submit a form with your email and first name. As the site states, “Signing up is your best chance to get on board for the 2019 Brew Trains or secure your place on the list for 2020.”

Though it may seem early to start planning an adventure for 2019 or 2010, it’ll be worth it. You won’t want to miss out on the ride, which only runs once or twice a year. Thanks to the beauty that is fall in Colorado, your train ride could look a little something like this:

If you’re lucky enough to board the Brew Train, you’ll be taken on a four-hour round-trip journey from the Durango Depot to Cascade Canyon. The ride will take place on a 1920s steam locomotive. And — if that wasn’t cool enough — you’ll also be offered craft beers from local breweries and served Bavarian-style food offerings such as pretzels and more while taking in the scenic views.

You can get a sense of what the ride is like through this video from the train’s YouTube channel:

The Reviews

Over the past few years, the train ride has received thousands of five-star reviews on TripAdvisor. One note that you may want to keep in mind: While the trip offers some lovely views, it may not be so great for people who suffer from motion sickness.

“Train was nice, but for people who get motion sickness, sometimes not so good,” one TripAdvisor review read.

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But others called the ride a “bucket-list item” and noted that, overall, the experience was great and the scenery was beautiful.

“This was such a great experience! Not only was the scenery beautiful, as one would expect in Colorado, but the beer was great too,” one reviewer wrote. “Would highly recommend this to anyone, but especially a beer lover. And I would love to go again in the fall once the leaves start changing!”

Book A Trip

If you’re interested in trying out the experience for yourself, you can do submit your information at the Durango Train website. Ticket prices range from $109-$169.

Don’t worry if you’re not able to make it to Colorado for the Brew Train experience. The Durango train company also offers a Wine & Rails ride (which also has a waiting list for 2019), as well as a Polar Express Train Ride that showcases the magic of Christmas during the holiday season. So whether you’re traveling solo, with friends or with the whole family, there’s a Colorado adventure waiting for you!

If you happen to live in the northeast area and can’t make it to Colorado, Amtrak also offers fall foliage views in a train ride that travels from Albany, New York, across the Canadian border to Montreal.

Do you enjoy train travel experiences like these?