Everything You Need to Know About the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad

There are many options for memorable excursions in northern New Mexico. Whether you’re a lover of the outdoors or eager to try the local cuisine, you’ll find a day trip that is perfect for you! If you have a deep appreciation for history and exploring new places, then we highly recommend an excursion aboard the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad! This historic railroad is a working museum that transports visitors on a scenic ride through the southern Rocky Mountains.  The best part? You’ll be riding on what is considered an artifact of the American West! Here is everything you need to know about the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad and why it is worth a spot on your New Mexico itinerary.

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About the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad

In 1880, a track was built between Antonio and Chama, NM as a part of the San Juan extension of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. The route through deep gorges and steep passes was an awe-inspiring sight for travelers and was a feat of engineering at the time. However, the vital role of the railroad ended with the decline of the silver mining industry during the 1890’s. In 1969, the railroad was filed for abandonment, but the most scenic part of its route was rescued by the states of New Mexico and Colorado.

Today, visitors have the opportunity to ride this nearly 150-year-old train route and embark on the adventure of a lifetime! The authentic steam-powered locomotive will introduce you to fantastic views of the mountains and Conejos Valley. This award-winning excursion is sure to become the highlight of your getaway to New Mexico!

Excursions and Cars

Adventures are offered from May to October 22nd and come with a variety of features for only the best New Mexico trains rides. Here are your options for spending a day on the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad!

Not only will you have your excursion choice, but you can also pick which car you would like to ride in! Take a look at the car options and find the one that is perfect for you!

Parlor Car

Reminiscent of the Victorian era, this elegant train car was once reserved for dignitaries such as barons and mining kings. You’ll feel like royalty as you ride in luxury and splendor with unparalleled service.

Tourist Car

These newly restored cars perfect for families and larger groups. You’ll take a ride into history aboard in an elegant setting with extra room for your comfort.

Coach Car

This budget-friendly option is also the most classic! Relax in your cozy bench seat as you take in the spectacular views and fresh mountain air.

Gondola Car

This option is available to any and all riders throughout the journey! The open air car is perfect for taking photos, seeing the wildlife up close, and enjoying the unobstructed views of the mountains and valleys.

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