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“Worth ever penny” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Chama, NM
888 286 2737
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Chama
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Worth ever penny”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Took two of my grandsons on the Sunday Express excursion and had a fantastic time. They really enjoyed exploring the train and seeing the wildlife on the ride. The trrain took us to the Cumbres Pass were we stop and were served a wonderful lunch. The kids were young ages 2 and 6 so the length of the trip was perfect. Would recommend this trip to anyone. Beautiful scenery, great food and lots of wildlife.

Visited July 2013
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Gallup, New Mexico
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“A ride with Thomas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

It was wonderful to bring our grandchild up to ride Thomas the Tank engine. The ride was just the right length for a 2-yr old, and all the activities they had for kids were great. If you have a chance to come here when Thomas is here, do it!!

Visited June 2013
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Friendswood, Texas
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“A true vintage travel experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The C@TS RR is much more authentic and vintage feeling as compared to the much more commercialized experience of riding the Durango and Silverton RR. Everyone should experience the more authentic feeling of the C&TS RR.

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“A Great Adventure Into The Old West”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

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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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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“GREAT STEAM TRAIN EXPERIENCE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

I had wanted to do this all of my life, and it was worth it. we rode from chama to osier for lunch, then back to chama. I was very impressed by how well organized everything was and also how nice the people were. we were in the coach cars, but spent the largest part of the trip in the open gondola. the scenery is spectacular, mountains, large meadows with streams running in them. the lunch was good, and all you can eat, they serve enough the first time, didn't notice many going back for seconds. it's not gourmet, but they are feeding 200 or 300 people at a time, so take it for what it's worth. the lunch is included in the train ticket price. it's worth setting aside some time just to wonder around the train yard. they will tell you the few places you are not allowed to go, that leaves about 400 acres you can go to. the guys are happy to answer any questions you may have, but keep in mine they are getting the train ready to go, and may have periods where they are busy. i'd complete the experience by staying at THE HOTEL. it's a 1930s railroad hotel, like staying in a museum, be prepared for an old building[it is just like it was when it was built].

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