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Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

Alamosa, CO, USA
About Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
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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Sunflowerstation wrote a review Jun 2020
5 contributions
great views, staff was very friendly and accommodating. Looking forward to more excursions!! Taking friends next time so they an enjoy too!!
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Date of experience: July 2019
IMissGizmoCat wrote a review Jun 2020
95 contributions77 helpful votes
We had a wonderful time on the 2018 Rail & Ales event and decided to go again in 2020. Purchased tickets when they went on sale in Oct. 2019. Apparently this operation closed down and filed for bankruptcy in Nov of 2019. The company running this railroad apparently owes large sums of money to the County according to a local newspaper. Did not notify us and we cannot get in touch with anyone to try to get a refund. Then they had the nerve to send us emails thanking us for attending this event. Ouch! Their website is no longer available, no phones, etc. Interesting they put the tickets on sale early and took our money but closed operations a month later and never contacted us. I'm mad about paying for tickets but I really feel bad for all the businesses and brewers affected. I wonder if they got scammed too.
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Date of experience: June 2020
8 Helpful votes
BOB wrote a review Apr 2020
Aurora, Colorado1 contribution
I have a lung issue. They hooked me up big time with my tanks and gear. I was never more than 100' from the beer vendor or rest room and it is paved. Don't feel like your walker, crutches and wheel chair will hold you back more than other places do. Our mobility issues are well taken care of by their staff. The rail cars i have been in have all been rebuilt to look exactly like they looked when they were new more than 80 years ago. So if you are looking for an old train ride, a concert or a Beer Festival, this is the place to be.
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Date of experience: August 2019
Karl F wrote a review Feb 2020
Burley, Idaho2 contributions
Beautiful journey through the San Juan Mountains. Rio Pinos River is beautiful. Cumbres Pass was fantastic.
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Date of experience: June 2019
Marsha S wrote a review Oct 2019
Monument, Colorado2 contributions2 helpful votes
After reading several other reviews here, I agree with many of the comments made about the Fall Colors all day rail trip. Overall, it was a disappointing trip. But we didn’t read these reviews before we made reservations, which is on us. There was no warning from any staff member that the fall colors would not be there, which is on them. We’re new to Colorado and love exploring so many beautiful places in our state. On the positive side, the train was very comfortable. We had plenty of room to move around. The dome car has padded seats with plenty of room for coats, backpacks, etc. It wasn't cramped at all. However, the windows in the dome car are filthy (and ours was cracked), so don't expect to get nice photos unless you go down to the open-air car and take them. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The brunch was served very early in the trip; fortunately, we brought snacks to have in the afternoon. Bottled water, coffee, juice and soft drinks were complimentary. We did have time to walk around LaVeta. The Paradise Coffee Shop owners are very friendly and the setting is very inviting. We found the best mocha and met “Doc Rock”, a longtime resident of LaVeta, but originally from the same town as my husband…they lived just a few blocks away from each other! Small world for sure! The most disappointing fact was there were no fall colors. Like other reviewers mentioned, a huge wildfire raged through the area last June and all that was left was mostly bare trees with blackened trunks. The mountains are beautiful, but much of the trip takes you through burned-out forest or just flat prairies. Don't expect to see beautiful fall leaves. It was not what we expected for the price (just under $300 with taxes) for a “first class train ride”.
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Date of experience: October 2019
1 Helpful vote