- One of five narrow gauge rotary snowplows in known existence is located close to downtown Breckenridge.
- Multiple steam engines were needed to push these snowfighting machines up Boreas Pass.
- The High Line Railroad Park is open year-round, dawn to dusk, weather dependent.
When the first train arrived in Breckenridge in 1882, the course of the town’s future changed. With more supplies and amenities available, Breckenridge prospered and grew. Today, the High Line Railroad Park, which sits parallel to the original rail right of way, showcases original rail equipment and displays about the town’s railroad history.
The Denver, South Park & Pacific (DSP&P), created by Governor John Evans in 1872, served Breckenridge and the surrounding area for 55 years; coming to town in 1882 and ceasing in 1937. Feeling that the county’s mineral resources would prove profitable for the railroad, the company decided to begin working on a main line that would offer passenger and freight service to the residents. The only major interruption was during “the big snow” of 1898-1899 when rail service was shut down for 79 days.
See Engine No. 9, a rotary snow plow (one of only five narrow gauge rotary snowplows in known existence,) and other examples of train stock. A mining and railroad themed playground is a popular attraction for families. This is an outdoor historic park with limited amenities.
Heading south on Main St., take a left on Boreas Pass Rd. The High Line Railroad Park is located on the left, directly before the ice arena.
189 Boreas Pass Rd.
Breckenridge, CO. 80424
Cost - Free, but donations greatly appreciated
Open year-round during daylight hours (self-guided), weather permitting.