We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Create wonderful memories on this train”

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Antonito
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We rode the train with our 5 year old grandson on October 12, 2012. What a great way to spend a day creating memories on this trip. The scenery on this historic, longest & highest narrow gauge railroad is fantastic. We spent a little extra for the tourist car & appreciated it. Our personal conductor gave us maps, a covered reusuable travel mug with a train & lid, snacks & coffee, hot chocolate, & cokes. We learned lots of history about the area and the railroad. Beer & mixed drinks were available for purchase. Lunch was provided with the fare & was pretty good. We are hoping to return for a night train trip next year.

9  Thank MartyH828
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (388)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

243 - 247 of 388 reviews

Reviewed October 21, 2012

We went on Oct. 5th, and the autumn leaves were at their height in the lower elevations. Gorgeous golden aspens among the green ponderosa pines were breathtaking. In the higher elevations, some of the aspens had started to lose their leaves, but it was perfect scenery, none the less.

We took ride #4, where we parked in Chama, took their bus to Antonito, and rode the train back to Chama. The bus ride was almost as beautiful as the train.

We got the cheapest seats, and they were fine and comfortable. I spent most of the time in the open air car anyway. Remember to wear a hat if you do that - the cinders settle on your scalp and it is gross! The open car has no seats, you must stand up there. Bob, a volunteer guide, stayed in that car most of the time and gave a running history lesson on the train and the locations. He was great, and very knowledgeable.

The south side of the train has the best scenery. So when you book your ticket. ask for a seat there, if possible. Our car was not full, and we could move around. But my sister paid for a First Class ticket, which sold out early, and she was on the north side of the train. She would have preferred the other side.

There was a restroom on the train, and it was clean and larger than I expected.
This is a long trip for young children, and probably won't hold their attention.
Lunch was fine. I must eat gluten free, and was able to have the turkey and mashed potatoes without the gravy. All of the employees were great, very accommodating and nice. It's a well-run operation, both lunch and the railroad itself.

There's also a great shop in Chama. Blacksmith Curtis Green forges knives and other things. I bought a roadrunner made of horseshoes and other scrap metal.
My sister also got some killer cinnamon scones baked fresh in Mountain View Mall.

7  Thank PhxDesert
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 18, 2012

We rode the Antonito to Chama train. We were in the parlor car and felt it was worth spending the extra money for this. Went October 9, 2012 and weather was excellent so also enjoyed spending alot of time in the open air car for photos. The parlor car included breakfast of fresh fruit, muffin & beverage and in the afternoon we recieved a piece of rum cake. The scenery was spectacular with the Aspen tree's in full bloom and our "guide" in our car was excellent in pointing out the history of the area and the railroad. The only negative we found was the lunch. We were totally discusted to be served the food directly on the luncheon tray instead of using paper plates!! We chose not to eat as we questioned the how well these cafeteria trays are cleaned!!! If you are trying to go "green" paper plates are biodegradable and the thin flimsy white paper can't possibly be that expensive. It is much better than eating the food directly off the tray!!!

5  Thank Pam W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is an excellent way to experience a narrow gauge historic railroad. The cars were well appointed and comfortable. There was an excellent open air observation car. Very friendly and helpful staff to make the trip interesting. Scenery was outstanding and the ride quite smooth. The lunch at the mid point was OK and quickly served in a great setting. The bus ride back was not fun but the rail portion was great.

5  Thank califken
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Whoever is running this is focused on the esthetics of the steam railway in preserving it's historic flavor. They are relaxed about you being able to explore the yard within reason. It's a photographer's dream where you can move about and get different angles. I just hope someone doesn't mess it up by doing something that forces them put limits on it. The smells, the smoke, the sounds are icing on the visual cake. If the price of a ticket seems high I'd ask you to consider the labor intensive and equipment aspect that is involved in keeping such an enterprise going. It has to be formidable for equipment that has to going on nearly a hundred years old. This has to be one of the top rated rail trips anywhere.

5  Thank travler33560
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad also viewed

 

Been to Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing