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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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Description: 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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Nice train ride and a day of relaxing and looking at the scenery.

Took the scenic railroad to Le Veta and back from Alamosa, Nice dome car. The tour guide was very pleasant but it was very hard to hear what he had to say. They have a PA system... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Took the scenic railroad to Le Veta and back from Alamosa, Nice dome car. The tour guide was very pleasant but it was very hard to hear what he had to say. They have a PA system but did not use it for some reason. Would have been better if they had. Good food on the train as we had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is a very enjoyable day trip. We were seated in the observation car and had Jim as a tour guide. He was fun and knowledgeable and pointed out several sights along the route. The food was a pleasant surprise and the experience in the dining room was quite nice. We were served complimentary non-alcohol drinks throughout the trip which... More 

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Colorful Colorado, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Great way to spend a relaxing Saturday taking the train from Alamosa into the mountains of Fir, where food is fully prepared and you can order from a menu of burgers, brats etc. that come with 2 sides and a drink! The concert starts promptly and continues for close to 3 hours. The Burrito Brothers were playing the weekend we... More 

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Tulsa, OK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

A friend and I booked separately and didn't realize they were assigned seats. They couldn't fix this when we arrived, despite the fact that we were together and there were empty seats. So, I spent the two hours up to the concert venue with three strangers, which was a bit awkward. The train itself is a lovely old thing, and... More 

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Los Lunas, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Diamond Class is the way to go. This family trip, was very easy. Husband, wife, two adult children son and daughter and an 85 year old grandma. Everyone was entertained, there was enough variety and quantity of food and drinks for everyone, Services over, during the concert at La Veta pass and on the way back. Diamond class was the... More 

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Alto, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

pricey for a train ride - lines to check in ridiculous, 3 hours to concert site - 3 hours back pretty boring. Concert site ok - again lines for lunch - boarding and disembarking very crowded

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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

There are two choices, basically, when riding the Rio Grande Scenic Railway. The first is to take the train from Alamosa to the concert. If you like the performers, definitely take this trip: it's an inexpensive way to see your favorites and get the train ride thrown in. We rode in the least expensive class of service on this particular... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I really would have liked to give more stars but it just isn't in the cards. First you are directed to hors d'oeuvres at the bar. We ordered drinks and sat down with our food. Drinks arrived (terrible ) and immediately we were told to move to the dinning car. Well, it was so hot in there, you really couldn't... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Took the concert train from Alamosa thru La Vita Pass up to Fir Summit Amphitheater for a NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND concert. Just awesome. Train goes 30 mph so any scenic photos you want to take will not come out blurred. Everyone gets off at the top (9,400') and gets comfy for the concert. Some wooden benches there, or we... More 

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Lincoln, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We took the train from Alamosa to La Veta. A wonderfully beautiful ride to a lovely town. Would have liked to be able to stay in La Veta a little longer, but had a great lunch at a local bakery across from the park when you get off the train. Sorry, can't remember the name of the bakery, but you... More 

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