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Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

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Address: 601 State Ave, Alamosa, CO 81101-2619
Phone Number: +1 877-726-7245
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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 LaVeta pass on hundreds of miles of historic rail. Excursions offer riders a trip back in time on restored passenger cars that stop at the quaint mountain town of LaVeta and hear narration of Colorado history, mining stories and catch a glimpse of wildlife--including bears!

Summer weekends brings the Mountain Rails Live summer concert series with nationally renowned acts to a boxcar stage at 9,400 ft only accessible by our train. This green location is run on solar and wind power.

Seasonal rides are available throughout the year.

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Good food and views with excellent staff

To be frank this was one of many scenic railroad trips we did squeezed into a week and a few weeks on they are beginning to blur. So I wasn't going to write this review as I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

To be frank this was one of many scenic railroad trips we did squeezed into a week and a few weeks on they are beginning to blur. So I wasn't going to write this review as I couldn't think of any standout scenery over and above the other trips so I'd have to say averagely amazing scenery a la all... More 

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Grand Rapids, MI, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

ride a train right out of the 1950s. Comfortable, air conditioned car, great food and fantastic views. There are many classes of service to fit every budget. Some themed trips are also available. Edna St. Vincent Malay wrote, "There isn't a train I wouldn't take no matter where it's going", take this one and find out why.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took this for the Suzy Bogguss concert at Fir Co. What A thrill to take this historic Mardi Gras train car to a concert in a beautiful valley. Not sure the Diamond level is worth the price, but the ride is a must for anyone who loves trains, concerts and fantastic service. The entertainers are world class and mingle throughout... More 

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Bernalillo, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In June, we took our second ride on the railroad from Alamosa to the top of La Veta Pass. The first trip years ago was for dinner, and we suffered through rain and cold for several hours. This year, the weather was perfect. Even if it had been raining, they have built a dining pavillion so there is cover. The... More 

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Buffalo Creek, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The "Diamond Class" reviewer must have been one of the VIP's underneath the canape who had their lunch hand delivered to them. The rest of us did not get an "open bar with cheese and crackers", and we did have to bring our own chairs and wait in line for over 45 minutes for lunch! My advice would be to... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived early to get our tickets at will call. Very friendly staff at the Gift Shop and the Visitors Center. Loaded the train and to our surprise, we had about 10 people in our car. It was great to be able to stretch out and relax on the way up and back, although we felt a little neglected being... More 

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Arvada, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a fun time. We drove 240 miles just for the concert. The railroad was a nice bonus. It turned out to be great fun. The train left right on time. The thing we didn't know is that we'd only go about 35 miles per hour, but we got to see the country. It had an open car with... More 

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Taos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the train from Alamosa to Fir with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The band shares the car with about 20 paying passengers, very fun! Buffet style breakfast at the bar enroute was included, as was lunch at the venue. Food at lunch was pretty mediocre, but the service from the train staff was excellent! Chairs under canopy reserved... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

take a day off and fall back in time leave your troubles behind and enjoy the great land ,sky .n air

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These lyrics from the Eighties band Exile were alive in the hills today, June 25, 2016 as the sound of music entertained a small audience of about 125. The 2 hour show was mostly country style until intermission, which was great as well, a local performer and an ex-employee from the train sang The city of New Orleans. Exile then... More 

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