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The Gold Rush is On! - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Posted Oct 1, 2017

Anyone in search of the rich and vibrant colors of autumn should hop aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad for the best viewing of fall foliage in the Rocky Mountains. With the high levels of rain northern New Mexico and southern Colorado have received this summer, the fall leaves are a spectacular display. The show is running now - don't let the fanfare pass you by!

"People get closer to nature on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad," says John Bush, President and General Manager of the C&TS RR. "The rhythm and speed of the train allows people to slow down and fully enjoy the fall colors. Riding the train and being outside in what I consider to be the most beautiful landscape in the country at this time of year is very rewarding and relaxing. We invite everyone to ride the train from either of our depots in Chama, New Mexico, or Antonito, Colorado, for what is sure to be a beautiful fall day."

The scenic journey unfolds the moment you leave the station in Chama, NM with a gradual climb into the mountains through the rolling meadows and aspens of the historic Lobato sheep ranch and over a high trestle that spans rushing Wolf Creek. 

For those departing from Antonito, CO, the ride offers scenic Toltec Gorge, two long tunnels (Mud Tunnel and Rock Tunnel) and Phantom Curve, named for a rock spire that casts a ghostly shadow. It is especially dramatic as the Halloween holiday approaches. The rocky gorge plunges 800 feet and the train snakes carefully along a narrow ledge where the view is straight down!

Click here to book your Fall Color Train departing from either depots through October 22.

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