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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

5234 B Hwy. 285, Antonito, CO 81120
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A must-do

This is a great short trip for something a little different and a little off the beaten path... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2018
Sarah S
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Denver, Colorado, United States
Sit back and enjoy the ride

The real Old West awaits travelers on this 64-mile coal-fired train ride through the rugged... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2018
Paul M
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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 25 January 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 27 January 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 15 January 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 27 January 2018

Thank you for taking time to write this review.

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

What a great scenic ride in Early Oct seeing the aspens turn gold (we went Oct 9 and it was just past peak in 2017). We took the ride from Antonito, CO to the midpoint and lunch at Osier (included in all fares), and took...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

this is definitely 5 star, trip attraction, IF, and this is a big IF....take the trip at the begining of the season where trees are yellow and beautiful, do not get a seat at regular coach, where your next to a door constantly open and...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

If you've never ridden a train with a genuine, coal-fired steam engine, don't miss this trip. Wonderful scenery, with commentary by a volunteer "docent" as well as several frequent riders. Includes lunch half-way. Cafe car with a full bar on the train. So much fun.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

I love trains and this did not disappoint. We went on train ride #3 which started on the train in Antonito, stopped for lunch at Osier and we got off at Cumbres Pass and took a motor coach back to Anonito. I wished we had...More

Thank Lynn M
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CumbresToltec, Manager at Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2018

We are so happy you enjoyed your trip and we hope you can ride with us again soon!!

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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

The ride from Antonito to Chama was excellent. The docent on the train was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and made the journey much more interesting. Lunch was great for being served cafeteria style. Missed a lot of the fall color but still got to see...More

Thank Jarred M
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CumbresToltec, Manager at Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2018

We are excited that you enjoyed your trip. Yes, the Docents are very knowledgeable and love what they do. We hope that you will come back and ride with us once again.

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

An old working train line now used for scenic viewing through the mountains. We started in Antonito, Colorado, went all the way to Chama, New Mexico, crossing the borders of the two states numerous times. Stunning views. Included in the fare was an excellent lunch...More

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CumbresToltec, Public Relations Manager at Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2018

We are happy you enjoyed your time with us!

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

We booked the train from Antonio to Chama and then coach back. A 10am departure allowed the temperature to rise from a very cool 38 degrees when we departed the Hampton Inn in Alamosa to go to the station to a departure in the mid-...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

There are many options on how to enjoy this ride. We started in Chama and took the bus to Antonito where we boarded the train. We stopped in Osier for lunch which was provided and freshly prepared. We then continued on back to Chama. The...More

Thank Christine S
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CumbresToltec, Manager at Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2018

We are delighted that you enjoyed your trip. We hope that you will ride with us again soon!

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Laurel F
7 October 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
6 August 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
4 April 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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