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Go Where No Road Goes, Steaming Through Aspens and Fall Scenery - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Posted Jul 31, 2018

Riding the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is one of the best ways to enjoy the brilliant fall colors of the Rocky Mountains. As the longest, highest and most authentic steam railroad in America, the C&TSRR twists and turns for 64 miles through Rocky Mountain wilderness between Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico, crossing the state border 11 times.

The train chugs along at a top speed of just 14 mph, steaming through tunnels and over high trestles, as it passes through tens of thousands of colorful aspen trees. Along the way, passengers can see deer, elk, antelope, and even an occasional bear. All full day rides include a delicious hot lunch at scenic Osier Station.

Once ridden by Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and most of the famous figures of the Old West, the Cumbres & Toltec was built in 1880 and today it is a moving National Historic Landmark that re-creates the magic of the glory era of steam railroading. It was judged by the readers of USA Today’s 10 Best to be the Best Train Ride in America.

While the ride is spectacular at any time, it is especially gorgeous in the fall when the aspens put on their annual show. There are more than two million acres of aspen trees in Colorado and New Mexico -- one billion trees -- that if placed together would cover Rhode Island and Delaware. Aspen trees in the Rocky Mountains grow from 6,500 to 10,500 feet in elevation - the higher the elevation, the sooner the leaves turn gold. Since the Cumbres & Toltec runs from 6,800' to 10,015', you can often see a variety of shades of color on one mountainside, with deeper golds on top and softer yellows below.

In addition to daily departures through October 21, 2018, there are two special dinner trains. The dinner trains offer a chance to experience sunset from the outdoor observation gondola car, as well as delicious steak or chicken dinner served almost two miles above sea level.

September 15, 2018 - Saturday Night Dinner & Murder Mystery Train, circa 1939 France. Romantic music, a talented cast of vintage characters and dinner will complete the evening. Join in on the fun and come dressed in a Pre-WWII Parisian costume for the intriguing plot and optional costume contest with prizes.

October 13, 2018 - Speakeasy Saturday Night Dinner Train, a highlight of the year, the train becomes one big Speakeasy with dinner, gin from garter belts, and jazz from the Roaring 20’s. Many come dressed in Prohibition Speakeasy attire, so join in on the fun while dancing the Charleston for prizes. The secret word will be given to ticket holders at check-In.

Don't miss out, fall rides are extremely popular and sell out early, so book now!

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