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“A Ride Back in Time”

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Antonito
Certificate of Excellence
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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 November 14, 2013

What an adventure and a wonderful peek at history! This beautifully preserved railroad took us back to the late 1800s with it's classic steam locomotives and period passenger cars. The open car was a treat, giving us a full view of the gorgeous scenery. The view of Toltec Canyon (inaccessible by car) was spectacular as we hung on the side of the mountain. Highly recommend the trip!

1  Thank Marilyn R
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

This classic steam railroad takes you to another time and place when steam was king, and railroading was how all goods and services moved. Traversing between New Mexico and Colorado, the train crosses state lines more than 11 times. You get to enjoy the vistas, wildlife, rock formations, canyons, forest, brooks and rivers from an outdoor open car (if you don't mind the dust), or from the comfort of a passenger car. The most beautiful scenery of any steam railroad! And buffet lunch at 11,000 feet! Stay in Chama, ride to Antonito, and take the bus back. You won't regret it.

3  Thank Ellen F
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Very little to add to other reviews. We had a great trip and didn't spend very long in our seats but were still pleased we'd paid the extra for Parlor class.

Our only gripe was lunch which we thought was sub-standard. A good bagged picnic would have been better.

1  Thank rojanich
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

My husband and I recently road the Cumbres & Toltec for the second time. We chose the ride all the way through from Chama, New Mexico to Antonito, Colorado. It is an all day adventure with a stop for lunch midway. The leaves were at the peak of the season and the views were spectacular!!!! We road in the Parlor Car. The service was wonderful. The train is fun, fun, fun! Great for couples or families. Takes you back to another era in American History.

2  Thank Kathleen917
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Getting to this attraction in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico is more than worth the effort. Yes, the location is remote and cannot be reached quickly from Denver or Santa Fe, but we were sorry that we had not done it earlier. The train ride probably is the best in the US -- it is the longest and highest, climbing over 10,000 feet. The total trip takes a full day, but can be shortened to half-a-day. Take the time for the full day trip. Seating options range from luxury parlor car to standard coach seating. We chose the mid-range tourist class, which gave us a table and chairs with great views. The weather was great, the views spectacular and the ride with switchbacks, tunnels and bridges was thrilling.

4  Thank rlwlawrisk
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