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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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When you've made several of these journeys as we have, you kind of know what to expect. But the scenery out the windows once we approached the mountains and went through La... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jerry M
Arlington, Texas
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Springfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We travelled with vacations by rail on this train we had lunch provided along with narration about the history of the line and the area we were travelling through. Very nice old cars we were in a domeliner

Thank fordscott38
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When I made the decision to move to the San Luis Valley ,I thought my days of concerts was over ,Then I heard about this and it has turned into a blast ,Despite my traveling companion getting into the alcohol and getting into some mischief all went well ,Pinky was named the train mascot and has become a legend

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Caught the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Alamosa and rode up to Fir Colorado. What a beautiful venue for a concert with Ann Hills & Jay Ansel opened for Hal Ketchum, accompanied by Kenny Grimes. I highly recommend at least first class seating (diamond if you reserve far enough in advance). Bring your own lawn chair for the concert, more... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

When you've made several of these journeys as we have, you kind of know what to expect. But the scenery out the windows once we approached the mountains and went through La Vita Pass was delightful. It was just as good on the return going from La Vita back into Alamosa, CO except we ate dinner on the return. That... More 

Thank Jerry M
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful, scenic ride to an incredible and intimate venue. The average age of the crowd was 50+, so the atmosphere was relaxed and quiet. We saw Michael Martin Murphy of "Wildfire" and "Carolina in the Pines" fame. Other acts include Pure Prairie League and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Highly recommend the first class car where the windows are larger and... More 

Thank bcoloradogirl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We took the trip to Fir, CO for a Michael Martin Murphy concert. It was a full day, 2.5 hours each way on the train and a couple of hours at the concert. Meal was also served on the mountain. The concert was very good. There was a jam session by the band in the Diamond Class car on the... More 

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Montrose, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an all day train ride(126 miles round trip) for our group. (They do shorter rides combined with concerts.) We were in first class and had purchased meal tickets. Couches were comfortable, service was attentive and prompt, lunch was wonderful (trout, chicken cordon blue, soup, wine, and cake all with linen tablecloths and napkins). Our conductor, Jim, was informative,... More 

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My high school class reunion took the train and had a great time! All of the staff was friendly and informative. The train was very comfortable, and the food was very good. It was a long day but a very pleasant one. They seated our class in the same car, so it was a fun ride!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Attended a train ride/concert two or three years ago and really enjoyed ourselves. This time I had noticed Richie Furay was booked and no brainier. We are there. The train ride was relaxing. The food is,,,, well, OK. The venue is perfect, in a meadow among the pines. The weather was perfect until rain moved into the area and lightning... More 

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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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