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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
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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Long ride, great scenery

This scenic train trip takes most of a day, with a short stop at noon for lunch. The train travels approximately 12 mph, for 64 miles. At the half way point, the train coming from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This scenic train trip takes most of a day, with a short stop at noon for lunch. The train travels approximately 12 mph, for 64 miles. At the half way point, the train coming from the opposite side arrives at the same time, and they feed you lunch. Eat fast, use the restroom, and climb aboard with not much time.... More 

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greenwood village, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Aspen changing colors provided wonderful photo opportunities. A fun train crew. Very personable. Great time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on the color train. The only thing that was missing was they had to use the diesel engine. Views were great . Several stops to stretch and explore . Had the trout for lunch. It was yummy. Summerberry cake was delicious . Time in the dome car for great views but spent afternoon time in the open car... More 

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Lakewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

We met the train in Ft. Garland, but you can also pick it up in Alamosa. Beautifully remodelled train cars whisk you away over La Veta Pass to the town of La Veta. We rode upstairs in the domed car (we had first class tickets) Great views but the AC was a little weak in the bright sunlight. The track... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

We enjoyed a nice ride up to Veta Pass, followed by a concert by Trout Fishing in America. The train staff was very friendly and helpful, the sightseeing good and the concert fun, while it lasted (it was rained out after a couple of songs). To their credit, the duo performed a mini-concert in one of the cars on their... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We enjoyed a spectacular experience yesterday for the final Mountain Rails Live concert and train ride of the year on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad -- catching the train in Fort Garland and riding to the concert site in a meadow atop La Veta Pass. Veteran folk musicians Robin and Linda Williams closed out the season in grand fashion. Whether... More 

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Blanca, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

I simply love this railroad. Summer time concerts at the top of the mountain, then a fall foliage tour of the beautiful aspens turning yellow. All enjoyed without having to battle traffic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

We bought our "first class" tickets on-line, but it turned out that all the tickets are the same class. However, on the Friday we went, the trip was full booked, so glad we had made advance reservations. All passengers had assigned seats in the dome car but were free to explore and sit in the other 2 passenger cars, an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

This is a follow up review for me. I've written about the Rio Grande Scenic before. But I wanted to tell the tripadvisor group just how special this attraction has become. My wife and I attended five great concerts on the train this year, starting off with the 50th Anniversary tour of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, followed by Exile,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

We really enjoy the "antique" train rides and this was one on our list to take. When I found that Michael Martin Murphey would be performing on this one, I booked the trip for the 2 of us. After that, friends of ours expressed an interest in going to Colorado with us and the RR was great about adding 2... More 

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