My family and I visited the Royal Gorge Railroad in early November. We booked the late morning tour. We boarded the train based on which compartment you were in. I listened to the reviews on trip advisor and booked the Vista Dome and requested the seating on the side of the train which faced the gorge. The Visa Dome was worth the extra money! The train was barely half full and we spent time outside in the open air car taking lots of gorgeous photos! There was a full lunch menu but we only ordered drinks and deserts. The staff was very friendly and the gentleman in the open air car gave us lots of history about the gorge and even the train. I would highly recommend this trip!