Buckhorn Northern Railroad at North Lake Park

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Buckhorn Northern Railroad

29th Street & Taft Avenue
Loveland, Colorado  80537


NOTICE OF CLOSURE: 8.16.19 We regret to inform you that Buckhorn Northern Railroad at North Lake Park is now CLOSED for the season.

Multiple derailments this week have caused this closure. Maintenance staff have identified the needed repairs, which will require sending the engine component out of town for more than a month. The railroad normally closes after Labor Day. Thank you for your understanding as we work to make these repairs.

Buckhorn Railroad History

Built and installed by Fred Lewis a former Woodward Governor employee and his wife Jean, the Buckhorn Northern Railroad in North Lake Park has been operating from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day since 1977. The City of Loveland purchased the train from the Lewis’ in 1988 and the Loveland Lions Club has operated the train since that time.

The Buckhorn Northern Railroad is an authentic replica of the actual steam train that hauled clay from the Devil’s Backbone to Wild’s Brick Yard west of Loveland. The train includes 1,588 feet of track; a small depot; a tunnel; a water tower ; a gasoline powered engine; two open passenger cars; a cattle car; and a caboose. It supports 32 trips per day, 6 days per week, for 13 weeks each year, resulting in approximately 750 miles per year! The City of Loveland maintains the track, train, and buildings.

The Lions Club completes daily operation and minor maintenance.

Cost & Schedule

Seventy-five cents per rider per ride

Train Hours

Aug. 16, 2019 - CLOSED for the season early due to derailment repairs needed

Operational from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day on the following schedule:        

  • Mondays - CLOSED  (Open these holidays:  Memorial Day & Labor Day Mondays from 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesdays - 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays - 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.