In Northern New Mexico, about 90 Miles North of Santa Fe is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. If you have a fascination for steam locomotives, being surrounded by beautiful mountain scenes and wilderness, Than this is the adventure for you. If you are up for a fulfilling but not too long trip, the Sunday Express is recommended. Purchase your tickets at the Train Depot in the middle of the small rustic town of Chama NM. The staff at the ticket window are ever so friendly and helpful. The train depot itself has real history built in the 1800s. The Sunday Express boards at 10:40am and departs at 11:00AM for Cumbres Pass. Take in the experience of riding a real steam train. If you sit in the front car (coach) behind the engine, DO purchase the cool protective eye wear for $4. Its worth it. You will see soot and smoke as the engine chugs up the line (but hey its an adventure!) The train makes a stop and lunch is served (delicious) in a beautiful open area with enclosure or open picnic tables. The train takes you back down to Chama. Wildlife abounds in this area so get cameras ready. The price for coach was worth it at around $60 per person. Kids up to 12 years are free which was awesome.
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