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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad has some very exciting news for our fans!
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad wins again!
The Colorado and New Mexico Historic Steam Railroad Was Selected for the
Third Time by the Readers of USA Today as the 2020 “Best Scenic Train Ride”
C&TSRR wins as we did in 2017, 2019 and now in 2020. A big Thank You to our fans who voted diligently to help the C&TSRR win this award!
The readers of USA Today have the selected the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR) as the No. 1 “Best Scenic Train Ride” in the nation. The much coveted award was open to 20
different train trips, all selected by a panel of travel experts and USA Today editors.
“We are absolutely thrilled that the people of America have once again recognized the Cumbres
& Toltec as not only the highest, longest and most authentic steam railroad in the nation, but
also as the most scenic,” said John Bush, president of the C&TSRR.
Owned by the states of Colorado and New Mexico, the historic steam railroad built in 1880 runs
for 64 miles across the Rocky Mountains, crossing state borders 11 times as it curls across
rivers, through tunnels, over trestles and along the lip of canyons. The railroad’s name derives
from the fact that at one point it steams over Cumbres Pass (at 10,015, it is the highest point
reached by any steam railroad in the nation) and at another it curves along Toltec Gorge, some
600-feet above the roaring river below.
“The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a National Historic Landmark that moves,” Bush said.
“We provide a completely authentic look at railroading in the 1880s in one of the most
beautiful areas of the Rocky Mountains.”
There's still time to book a discounted private car for your family and close friends.
Currently, there are departures from Antonito for a full day trip, 6 1/2-hour excursion that
includes a delicious hot lunch at beautiful Osier Station. All passengers must wear masks and
practice social distancing. The train has added extra open air gondola cars and all windows
open so people can spread out and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
In fact, because of COVID-19 safe practices and restrictions, the Cumbres & Toltec is able to
offer for the first time a private rail car for the cost of 10 regular-priced adult fares, available
until September 11, 2020. In usual times, a group of 10 would only fill up ¼ of a train car, but
due to social distancing, now a group of 10 can have the car all to themselves and even add
additional passengers for a very reduced fee. “Most of the ride is ‘off the grid’ without cell
phone coverage and at a top speed of 12 miles per hour, so it is a wonderful way for families to
re-connect, experience beautiful scenery, watch wildlife, and take a ‘time machine’ back to the
1880s to experience what railroading was really like,” Bush said.
The private car offer will be available at normal group rates for the fall color season beginning
September 12, 2020. Please call the depot to make these special arrangements at:
Our Harvey attendants in the Parlor and Deluxe call cars are eager and waiting to welcome you for a pristine authentic western train ride. The Parlor and Deluxe attendants will offer bar service and delicious snacks. Bar service is also available for Coach class tickets holders from our concession car which is centrally located on the train.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad | Chama Depot500 S. Terrace AveChama, NM 87520