1999 marked the return of passenger service through this magnificent gorge after a 32 year absence. The Royal Gorge Route follows the most famous portion of the old Denver & Rio Grande Western train line, 24 miles round-trip, from Caņon City to Parkdale and return. The two hour train ride takes passengers through the "Grand Canyon of the Arkansas" on an unforgettable journey over the famous Hanging bridge, which clings precariously to the steep granite walls of the Royal Gorge, towering over 1,000 feet above. Did you know we are one of the only trains that offers a ride in the cab of our locomotives? Reserve a cab-ride today as they sell out quickly.