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Our anniversary is Oct 12 and we're always looking for fun trips to celebrate. We've taken other... read more

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are a lot of good reviews for this scenic train ride. So when we arrived in the area, we decided to spend a day to experience it ourselves.

I phoned up the Sales office and found out that only First Class tickets are offered. We also found out that if you purchase you ticket on line they charge you an additional 6%. So we bought our tickets at the ticket office that morning and eagerly waited to board the train.

From the moment we bought the ticket to the end of the train ride, we can feel the eagerness of all staff, be it in the sales office or on the train, to ensure we enjoy our ride.

The ride was really enjoyable, with the train passing by very scenic areas. We even saw a bear. Our Car Manager James and Bartender Rose were absolutely amazing.

The train was not full, so we had plenty of room to move around. A brunch was included so we did not have to run around for food at the stops. The food was nothing great but you don't really expect a luxury meal to be cooked on a moving train.

The only issue is that the winows of the dome train was not clean and I had to go backwards and forward down to the open air car to take good pictures.

We appreciate the effort of all staff to make the trip even more wonderful.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank P A
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Reviewed September 2, 2019

We enjoyed this wonderful festive trip. Lots of folks who enjoyed the music and fun of a relaxing and beautiful ride with fall colors. Yes to this again.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jaci D
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Reviewed August 27, 2019

Weve taken this tour at least 5 times and have been very satisfied every time. They run a very organized, truly customer focused operation. We love trains and they do trains better than anyone. Their Concert tour,done in a high mountain meadow, is unique, setting them apart from their competitors. The intertainers they use are the best, Junior Brown was spectaculer and if they book him again next year, we will be there, God willing. Junior and his wife Lara, instead of luxuriating in the diamond service, walked the whole train, taking pictures with, and audigraphing for anyone who asked. Now that's a great intertainer!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Arthur W
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Reviewed August 26, 2019

My spouse and I live in Denver and wanted a weekend away and to do something different from the standard Front Range weekend trip so we chose the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. The weekend we could go turned out to be a concert trip, which was fine with us even though we weren't familiar with the artist. Initially there were two of us booked in the cheap seats (outdoor car) but then my Mom wanted to join; when I called to upgrade our tickets to First Class the agent didn't know how so she just cancelled the original tickets and rebooked us into First. The refund came through that same day.

On the day of the trip everything went very smoothly and they even had someone playing guitar and singing on the platform prior to boarding, which was a great way to get us into the mood. Once aboard, the attendants were great (be on the lookout for Gloria, Linda, Rose, and Lilly!). Service was "leisurely," but we weren't on the train for a 5-star service experience. That's a good thing because all of our meals were about 1-star - the Eggs Benedict were cold (both orders), and the Club Sandwich was a joke [a frozen circle of chicken topped with a cheese square and some bacon - if you're old enough to remember "Where's the beef" this fits in with those commercials!]. But that wasn't why we were traveling so we didn't let it get to us.

The venue in Fir is great and since the weather was good it was enjoyable just to be there, even if we weren't as interesting in the music as others. They do open the last car of the train as the "bar" so we were able to have some adult beverages and listen to the music from there when we got tired of sitting in our chairs. The trip back was also nice, with more drinks but no one was rowdy, and I understand that the train wasn't very full (compared to other concert trips) although our car was.

Yes, the train is slow, but you don't do this expecting a bullet train out of Alamosa. The need for improvement to meal quality is very evident, but the trip itself was mostly what we expected, so I can recommend it wholeheartedly based on my experience.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank zpaul303
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Reviewed August 26, 2019

We planned this ride in conjunction with vising the Great Sand Dunes National Park not far from Ft Garland. The train starts in Alamosa but stops in Ft Garland, so we picked it up there since that is closer to home (along with about 20 other people). We had a hard time finding the train depot there; it is unmarked and the GPS doesn't take you to the right place. It is a tiny wood building across the railroad tracks, near the small market . It is unmanned until the train leaves Alamosa; then a guy drives from Alamosa, beats the train, and has the tickets that were made by on line reservation. You don't have to be there 45 minutes early like it says on the tickets.
Keep in mind its a scenic train, so it goes slow. The ride from Ft Garland was scenic; its a real shame the forest fire last year took out so much though. Eve and Susie (I think I heard them say they were sisters) were the hosts in our car and they were very good. Sack lunches come with the train ride, but it looked like people brought a lot of their own stuff too. They serve drinks (water, soft drinks and beer/liquor) for a reasonable price. The ride was very comfortable in the padded seats in our car.
When we got to the venue for the concert, the front row of chairs was reserved for the Diamond car patrons. After that, there were rows of bench seating on half logs and old picnic tables.There were many veteran concertgoers that had brought their own foldup chairs, plus you could rent a chair there really cheap.
We went for the last concert of the season to see Tom Rush. He was OK; it was kind of folk music and he was pretty funny ( he noted that he used to play 78s on the record player and now he is 78!); we were there for the overall experience. We had a good time and will check out next year's concert lineup early and do it again.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Keith S
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