Scenic Pend Oreille River Train

Update March 2024.

We do not have any information about the status of the train. We do not believe the train is in operation at this time.

Beginning in Newport, WA, this scenic train ride will take you on an adventure you’re sure to remember. From August through the end of October you can take a ride along the Pend Oreille River. (Pronounced Pawn Dor-ay – it’s French).

And speaking of the French, on your tour you’ll be following the “same route Native Americans followed and lived along for millennia. We’ll trace the footsteps and paddle strokes of early French couriers d’bois.” You’ll learn more about the Klondike gold rush, loggers, miners, homesteaders and even the outlaws that lived in the area.

Scenic Pend Oreille River Train

There are two different train rides you can choose from, each about twenty-four miles long.  The second train ride is called the Excursion Train, which uses three “classic railroad coaches, three open-air cars, and one caboose.” For one and a half hours you’ll ride along the river, and be able to soak in the beautiful views. Maybe you’ll even spot an eagle! Or elk! Or a moose! So, keep your camera at the ready.

Pend Oreille County train rides

Ride Information

Update October 2022.

We do not have any information about the status of the train. We do not believe the train is in operation at this time.

To find more information about the dates the trains run, click here. It is advised that you book tickets around a month in advance as they do sell quickly, but you can also buy them at the beginning of the ride. Prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors(65+), $15 for 2- 12 year-olds, and children under two ride for free!

Pets are not allowed on the train ride, and on their website they state the parking area is also not shaded, so it’s best to leave your furriest family member at home. The trains are handicap accessible as well. On the station grounds you’ll be able to buy a hamburger, or hotdog, but you’re also more than welcome to bring your own snack/ meal for this 90-minute train ride.

Hours

Open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, this is a fairly flexible activity for the entire family. Once you’re finished on the ride, make sure to check out the number of dining options, or head to the Oldtown.

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MacKenzie Passegger

MacKenzie Passegger is the face behind our various social media accounts, and also routinely writes articles on our blogs (that you’re hopefully enjoying). She's a Washington state native who found herself settling in Austria after bouncing around Europe. When her toddler isn’t keeping her on her toes, she enjoys cooking, craft beer & traveling back home. Being away from Washington allows her to have a different perspective and has deepened her love for the Evergreen State.

8 Comments

  1. Avatar photo Jeri McCanna on August 19, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Do they still do the train ride? I’m interested in going on it.

  2. Avatar photo Carol on August 23, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Are you still operating?

  3. Avatar photo Tommy on September 20, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    Does this still happen? I have been meaning to try this but I know they cancelled a few times due to the pandemic.

  4. Avatar photo Patricia Epler on September 26, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Is the train still operating? A group from A senior center in Spokane would like to ride the train as one of our outings.

  5. Avatar photo DeeDee Langston on June 2, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    Hello, we were wondering if the train is still operating? Looking for a date on October 2023? Could someone get back to me. Have relatives coming for a visit sometime this fall and want to schedule their visit around the train ride. Thank you

    • Avatar photo T212 Media on June 4, 2023 at 8:02 am

      It does not appear the train is currently in operation.

  6. Avatar photo Juliana on September 8, 2023 at 10:25 am

    I thought this was closed permanently. I’m very sad it is. I wanted to take clients on excursions and my grandkids.
    Please bring this back.

  7. Avatar photo Ron wick on June 15, 2024 at 11:19 am

    When are you back on business

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