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Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

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Address: 601 State Ave, Alamosa, CO 81101
Phone Number: 877-726-7245
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The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is Colorado's newest train offering steam...

The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is Colorado's newest train offering steam engine rides through breathtaking mountain valleys and over legendary La Veta pass on hundreds of miles of historic rail. Daily and weekend excursions offer riders a trip back in time on restored passenger cars that stop at historic towns, Great Sand Dunes National Park and connect with the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad.

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Great ride - pity about the lunch schedule!

We visited this railroad during the course of a long-planned "dream vacation" to ride a number of the historic rail lines in Colorado. As a long-time armchair aficionado of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 22, 2015
Adrian D
Coquitlam, Canada
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When reading about this trip on the internet, somehow it looked a little nicer than it was. not a bad trip, just a little long on the train to go to a town not really any different than any other. Booked to go on a Saturday. Arrived to pick up tickets on friday as it says on the web site... More 

Thank arbie24
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I know it sounds strange, but the FIR stage at the top of La Veta pass (accessible by this train) provided me with the best concert experience of my life. It could have been the remote location, the train, the friendly people, the food and drinks, even the altitude, but I suspect it was all of the above with some... More 

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PremierRails, Public Relations Manager at Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, responded to this review

Hello Cammie Thank you so much for the kind words. You'll be happy to hear that Exile is returning to the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad this summer and tickets are on sale now. Other great bands are joining us this year as well (no reason you can't come more than once!) We look forward to welcoming you back to Fir! More 

Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Average one when compared to Durango Polar express which is few hours drive from this place. But it is good for this place.

Thank ChennaiKumars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Excellent train ride! This is a wonderful way to kick off the holidays for every family. We had a fantastic time and the kids enjoyed the train ride as well as seeing Santa board the train and singing and dancing with them. The story time was so adorable and very interactive with the furry guest that joined in on the... More 

Thank Laurie P
Placerville, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic magical train to Christmas town. My three daughters loved it. They danced with elves and got hot cocoa and a cookie and everyone got a special gift from Santa. New family tradition

Thank Tami W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is the third time I have taken a Rio Grande Scenic Railroad trip, and each has really been fun. The Concert Train goes from Alamosa to Laveta Pass concert area. We took our own luches, but barbeque lunch is available for $12.00. Open air concert with beach chairs ($!) and mini-bleachers(free), very casual, much laughter, especially if you have... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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97 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We visited this railroad during the course of a long-planned "dream vacation" to ride a number of the historic rail lines in Colorado. As a long-time armchair aficionado of Colorado railroads, I had read extensively about the line from Alamosa to La Veta over La Veta Pass, but had never experienced it at first hand. I'm happy to report that... More 

Thank Adrian D
Chicago, Illinois
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140 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This passenger railroad departs from the classic Alamosa depot and travels past Ft. Garland and over mountainous scenery to La Veta, Colorado, where there is about a 2 hour layover. Food and drink are available in the restored vintage railcars. We saw numerous antelope and other animals. The car attendant gave helpful history of sights along the route. The railroad... More 

Thank Ace J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

Had a wonderful experience from staff right down to the food Only problem we had was the ac in our car was on - just a tad too cool for most of us. 5/5 for friendliness, cleanliness, good food!

Thank Manuel L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

We were traveling through La Veta when we heard the train whistle. We drove down to the tracks expecting to see a freight train. Pleasantly surprised to see what we thought was an AmTrak passenger train. No, it was the train from Alamosa coming to its stop in La Veta. About 30 or 40 people exited from the train. We... More 

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