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“AMAZING SITE when train comes out of the mountain”

Moffat Tunnel West Portal
Ranked #8 of 26 things to do in Winter Park
Type: Other
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

I have been coming to this train site since the 1960's. It is so utterly AMAZING to hear the heavy rubber curtains drop and the fans start up in the under mountain tunnel. By doing this, the tunnel is closed off and the fans in the tunnel can push fresh air in front of the train and get rid of the exhaust at the back of the train. The drop of the curtain announces that the train is entering at the other end of the tunnel and will be bursting out of the mountain in a few minutes as it completes its entry and exit from the tunnel. WOW. If you can call to see when a train is coming through, it would be perfect.

3  Thank Sheri B
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

Winter Park/ Mary Jane ski areas are the only ski areas in North America serviced by train. This is the way to "see" the Moffat tunnel. Amtrak also goes through the tunnel from Denver or Fraser.

Thank dhemphill2016
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

West Portal is a great history story but realistically, not much to see. On the other hand if you take the train you will be treated to incredible views and of course the ski resort is right there at West Portal. Good history and I understand the passenger service is expected this coming ski season which should be welcomed by the front range skiers.

1  Thank loesshawk2015
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

What a great way to see history and a 360 view of the mountain range. This was my 1st Colorado hike in the Mountains. Being from Indiana, I didn't think the hike was too bad. This was my ultimate favorite trailhead.

Thank Allison B
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Reviewed 10 April 2016

We were onboard the California Zephyr as we passed this momentous place. Fantastic history and we were aboard part of the history we were observing.

Thank Hans P
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