The 160th anniversary of the Colorado Gold Rush is underway. While settlers originally migrated west in hopes of striking gold, groups and leisure travelers today head to Colorado in fall to strike it rich with adventures. Here are two fun ideas for groups during this golden season.  

FALL COLOR TRAIN, LEADVILLE

Ride into the San Isabel National Forest aboard the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad and see the mountains decked out in yellow, orange and red. The train departs daily at 1 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends and offers a variety of special outings as well. Three-hour rides allow guests to experience the wilderness aglow in autumn beauty, headwaters of the Arkansas River Valley and sweeping vistas of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive. leadville-train.com

ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE & PARK, CAÑON CITY

The highest suspension bridge in America, Royal Gorge Bridge, marks its 90th anniversary in 2019. To celebrate, Royal Gorge Bridge & Park opened a brand new Via Ferrata climbing experience. Trained mountain guides lead all climbs and show participants the breathtaking beauty of fall from new heights. royalgorgebridge.com

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Follow the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop for the best in soaks and world-class skiing

 

BACKGROUND: Twenty years ago, Steve and Jeanne Beckley were putting the final touches on the substantial improvement projects that made it possible to reopen the Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves. The cave closed to the public during World War I more than 82 years prior.