Built in 1880, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a proud remnant of the spirit that won the west. It's path through steep passes and deep gorges is the stuff of adventure novels--taking passengers on the ride of lifetime.
Departing Antonito, Colorado
The excitement begins the moment the train leaves the station in Antonito, Colorado, which is about a 30 minute drive from Alamosa. Beyond the vast, open San Luis Valley, the imposing peaks of the Rocky Mountains seem to stretch forever. The train quickly covers the flat ground and reaches a series of hills. It crosses Ferguson’s Trestle, named for a man who was hung there, then climbs to a lava mesa, a remnant of the mountains’ volcanic past. From here, the route winds around wide curves, going up into the mountains. Wildlife is abundant in this area, with bears, elk and deer roaming the forests and hawks and eagles patrolling the sky.
Full Steam Ahead
The Cumbres and Toltec climbs to 10,015 feet along its journey, making it the highest mountain passs reached by rail in the United States. You'll pass through white-barked, slender aspen trees, which turn yellow-gold in fall, form a light, whispery forest. Along the way, you'll see Sublette, New Mexico, an abandoned railroad town that still provides water for the steam locomotives. Shortly after, the train makes another crossing between Colorado and New Mexico state lines. It does this eleven times in total! Continuting your journey, the train will inch its way along the rim of Toltec Gorge and through Mud Tunnel, which is supported by wood beams. Around Phantom Curve, named for a spire of rock that casts a ghostly shadow, then through Rock Tunnel is a narrow ledge where the dizzying view is straight down to the rushing Rio de los Pinos. The train roughly follows this river along much of its route.
COVID-19 Update: The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is currently open for the 2020 season. Click here for more details on the schedule. Your health and safety as well as that of our employees, are our highest priority. We are closely monitoring the developing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and following all guidance from State and Federal health agencies. All passengers will be required to wear face masks. You can provide your own or purchase one at the depot prior to your ride. No passenger will be allowed to ride the train without wearing a face mask. We are currently operating round-trip trains from Antonito, CO to Osier with a hearty lunch and return to Antonito, CO six days a week, no Mondays.