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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

5234 B Hwy. 285, Antonito, CO 81120
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An awesome train trip with great views and awesome and knowledgeable staff. We were in the tourist... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Darrell_Parsons
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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Wonderful, long scenic trip thru the forests of Colorado and New Mexico. Starting in the mountain... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
ki0ki
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Built in 1880 and little changed since, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the finest and most spectacular example of steam era mountain railroading in North America. Its equipment, structures and vast landscape exist today as if frozen in the first half of the 20th century. USA Today readers voted Cumbres & Toltec the Best Scenic Train Ride in America. Climb aboard this National Historic Landmark for a 64-mile day trip you’ll never forget. Our coal-fired steam engine carries you through steep mountain canyons, high desert, and lush meadows as you zig zag between the Colorado and New Mexico border. Open your eyes to spectacular and rare Western scenery which can only be viewed from this train’s unique route. Ride in the Victorian elegance of our deluxe parlor car or choose the budget-friendly coach car. Either way, a delicious buffet lunch is included. Trains depart daily from Chama, NM and Antonito, CO, from late May’s blooming wildflowers through the golden leaves of October.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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5234 B Hwy. 285, Antonito, CO 81120
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An awesome train trip with great views and awesome and knowledgeable staff. We were in the tourist car. Unlimited free nonalcoholic beverages, meal included and bus ride back. It was a wonderful time. This is definitely something you should check out if you like scenery...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wonderful, long scenic trip thru the forests of Colorado and New Mexico. Starting in the mountain meadows of Antonito at 7888' and climbing, zig zagging up to 9637' in Osier thru Mud and Rock Tunnels past Phatom Curve and aspen groves scattered throughout Ponderosa And...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is some of the best money I have spent in a long time. Took the wife for our anniversary. Got tickets for the tourist car. Nice little table for 2 in a car with no more than 24 people and a waiter/guide, just for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As you can see from other reviews, this excursion train ride is scenic and spectacular. But what my husband and I marveled at was the efficiency of this operation. It's easy to book in advance (we had a voucher that we used) and you get...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an absolute highlight of my summer. The landscape, the history, the scenic views, the great staff, the delicious lunch, and have I mentioned the landscape? It's an all day event, but worth every penny and every minute.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the bus to Chama, New Mexico and the train back to Antonito, Colorado. What an amazing trip. The weather wasn’t the best ( rain, cloudy and cool) but the trip was still very enjoyable. The views were amazing! Lunch was good, especially for a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been wanting to do a train ride like this for a few years. I suggested it to my friends while we were on our annual fishing trip in Red River, NM. We bought tickets to go in the Parlor Car. What a great...More

Thank Melissa W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The train runs from the tiny town of Chama, NM to Antonito, CO. But if you like riding trains (this one has a steam locomotive), it is well worth the trip. But it can be a bit daunting if you have never done it before....More

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Reviewed January 24, 2018

This is a great short trip for something a little different and a little off the beaten path. Unless you live in the area, you'll probably want to stay in Alamosa the night before your rail trip (if you're going the Colorado to New Mexico...More

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CumbresToltec, other at Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2018

Thank you for taking time to write a review. We hope you will be riding with us in our 2018 season!

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Reviewed January 15, 2018 via mobile

The real Old West awaits travelers on this 64-mile coal-fired train ride through the rugged, colorful terrain of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. The slow and rocking speed takes one back to the reality of old-time train travel (and never mind the occasional particulant...More

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CumbresToltec, Manager at Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2018

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Laurel F
October 7, 2017|
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Response from CumbresToltec | Property representative |
Yes. Restrooms are available on every other car and also in the concession car.
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Charlie C
August 5, 2017|
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Response from LarsLeeIsMe | Reviewed this property |
Not in Chama. However, in Antonito you could check with the folks at the Narrow Gauge Railroad Inn (Phone: 866-267-9053). They operate a dog rescue business so might be up to boarding a dog as well.
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coloradofcn
April 3, 2017|
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Response from Bruce Y | Reviewed this property |
It definitely doesn't matter. The windows are big enough to have a great view from any seat. Plus you get to move around the train and are able to trade seats after the lunch order is taken, and the conductor takes tickets... More
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