Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
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A 19th Century Railroad Operating in the 21st Century between Colorado and New Mexico
Tucked away in a little-known corner of the Rocky Mountains of Southern Colorado is a precious historic artifact of the American West that time seems to have forgotten.
Built in 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and operated as the San Juan Extension, the route extended all the way from Alamosa, Colorado to Durango, Colorado by way of Chama, New Mexico.
Built in just 8 months, early on the railroad soon established itself as the lifeline for the silver rich mining areas and work camps throughout the mountains, moving both freight and passengers to all points along the way.
Little has changed in the operations of the railroad in the last 135 years. Designated in 2012 as a National Historic Landmark, it is the longest, highest and most complete example of late nineteenth and early twentieth century narrow gauge railroading in the United States. The Cumbres & Toltec operates the railroad in the 21st century nearly exactly as it was done so long ago.
The railroad traverses across 64 miles of narrow gauge track in the southern San Juan Mountains over La Manga and Cumbres passes at elevations above 10,000 feet on the way to Chama, New Mexico from Antonito, Colorado. Trips also originate in Chama, New Mexico and travel to Antonito daily.
Time has long passed since the railroad last hauled precious metals and other supplies over Cumbres Pass, but still today Steam Locomotives labor up steep mountain grades carrying an even more precious cargo of passengers over high trestles, through tunnels carved out of rock, and along narrow shelves above beautiful scenic gorges. 64 miles of absolute scenic mountain beauty that can't be experienced anywhere else in the world except on the Cumbres & Toltec!
In an era of strip malls, cruise ships and jumbo jets, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad provides an experience for those seeking something different. An experience steeped in the history of the authentic American west. Experience "Living History on the Rails".
RESERVATIONS: Toll Free Reservations and Information: 1-888-CUMBRES (1-888-286-2737)
2015 Season -- May 23rd through October 18th
Trains depart daily from May 23rd to October 18 from both the Antonito, Colorado and the Chama, New Mexico depots. All trains except the "Cinder Express" and the "Cumbres Experience" stop for lunch at Osier, Colorado -- roughly the mid-point of the railroad -- where a hot meal with salad bar and homemade desserts is included in the fare. For those wishing a shorter train ride experience, check out our half day trips.
SUNSET DINNER TRAIN: From June 27th to September 26th, you can also enjoy a special Sunset Dinner Train that departs at 5pm each SATURDAY EVENING. The trip starts in Chama and stops at Cumbres Pass where the passengers experience a superb prime rib dinner and live entertainment before boarding the train at sunset and returning to Chama.
OTHER SPECIAL DINNER TRAINS: At 5pm on July 4th and September 5th over Labor Day weekend we will roll out of Chama.
DEPOT LOCATIONS Chama, New Mexico and Antonito Colorado
CHAMA LOCATION: on US Highway 64/84: 47 miles east of Pagosa Springs, CO; and 95 miles west of Taos. The station is in the center of town along New Mexico Highway 17. Physical Address: 500 Terrace Drive, Chama New Mexico 87520.
ANTONITO LOCATION: on US Highway 285: 28 miles south of Alamosa, Colorado. The depot is located at the intersection of US Highway 285 and Colorado Highway 17, on the southern edge of town. Physical Address: 5234 B Highway 285, Antonito Colorado 81120.
- Elevation: 10000 feet above sea level.
- Region: Antonito - South Central, Colorado
- Region: Chama - North Central, New Mexico
- Restaurant: On site.
- Meals Regularly Served: Lunch.
- Credit Cards: Visa Card. MasterCard. Discover Card. American Express.
- Groups Welcome: Club. Corporate. Reunion. Weddings. Youth group with adult leaders. Retreat.
- Group Meeting Area: Indoor room.
- Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Indoor Meeting Room: 100
- Open Dates For On-Site Activities: 5/23 to 10/18
- National Forests & BLM Lands: On site.
- Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
- Museum: On site.
- Restaurant(s): On site.
- Tourist Train Rides: On site.