12 Scenic Train Rides for Fall Foliage in the U.S.

Sept. 28, 2022

Travel & Leisure



7 Best Steam Trips in the US

June 14, 2022

Saturday Evening Post



North America’s most spectacular train journeys

May 31, 2022


CNN: North America’s most spectacular train journeys


Alllllllll Aboooaaard!! A ride on opening day

July 13, 2022

Alamosa Citizen




Under Steam – Cover Story

June 9, 2021

Santa Fe Reporter

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad rolls across generations, through the pandemic and on to the future…

On the Right Track

July 2021

New Mexico Magazine

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad kept chugging through the pandemic, and this summer introduces a newly renovated locomotive plus five retooled passenger cars.

Colorado Sun: A historic San Luis Valley locomotive…

April 5, 2021

Colorado Sun

Experts from across the country converged to restore Engine 168 for the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad straddling the Colorado-New Mexico border.

Cumbres & Toltec prepares for 51st Season…

March 4, 2021

KOB-4 – “This year is looking up for a lot of reasons that we’re all kind of following but really this year we’re opening up on June 5, out of Chama May 29, out of Antonito to allow some of the snow to clear on the New Mexico side,” said Eric Mason, interim CEO of the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad….




All Aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

August 22, 2020


Travelers can rent their own rail car to socially distance on the train that runs between Antonito, Colorado, and Chama, New Mexico.

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It’s ‘all aboard’ again for these scenic train rides after closing for coronavirus

July 5, 2020

USA Today

After being closed during the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of scenic train rides have once again given the “all aboard!”

Ready to roll: The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is back in business again

It’s not easy to stop a locomotive. The coronavirus did a pretty effective job of sidetracking the 50th anniversary runs of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, which were scheduled to start on Memorial Day weekend, but the virus failed to derail the historic railroad’s golden year.



A journey through time in the American West

November 23, 2019

CBS This Morning


A train that brought settlers and prospectors through the American frontier almost a century and a half ago is still chugging along, taking railroad enthusiasts and fascinated tourists on a unique journey through the American west. Barry Petersen learned how the passion of a few people helped the railroad survive.

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Best Scenic Train Ride:  Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

May 31, 2019


Readers choose New Mexico/Colorado railroad as the best

Readers choose New Mexico/Colorado railroad as the best

Sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination. Such is the case for passengers who step aboard these 10 American trains – nominated by a panel of travel experts and voted by 10Best readers as the best in North America.




One of the most authentic steam-operated railroads in existence, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad runs for 64 miles between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado, passing through the San Juan Mountains and the scenic Conejos Valley along the way. This moving National Historic Landmark represents one of New Mexico’s most spectacular day trips.
Photo courtesy of Kim Todd


The top 10 winners in the category Best Scenic Train Ride are as follows:


  1. Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
  2. Strasburg Rail Road
  3. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  4. Capitol Corridor
  5. Cape Cod Central Railroad
  6. Rocky Mountaineer
  7. White Pass & Yukon Route Railway
  8. Mount Washington Cog Railway
  9. Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic
  10. Cass Scenic Railroad

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning trains!


Smoke, Steam and Steel

January 3, 2018

Huffington Post

There is nothing quite so romantic as a steam train — the sound of a steam whistle echoing off the mountains, the huge plumes of smoke billowing in the air, the chug-chug-chug as the pistons hiss and steam, the clickity-clack of the wheels as they roll over the points, the cars swaying back and forth.