From fireworks to photo trains, from geology tours to smelling wildflowers, the Cumbres & Toltec has a special train for your interests in 2019.
Every ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad – the highest, longest and most authentic steam railroad in America – is a great experience, but in 2018, the railroad will be offering a variety of special trains for different interests. From a Fourth of July fireworks train, to a geology train looking at the geologic formations in Toltec Gorge; from a Wildflower Express stopping to smell the flowers along the way to a Fiesta Special with onboard mariachis, these trains offer something extra.
The Cumbres & Toltec is a rolling National Historic Landmark with steam trains departing daily from both Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico. Each train chugs through 64 miles of rugged Rocky Mountain Scenery, crossing the border of Colorado and New Mexico 11 times. All regular rides include a delicious hot lunch midway at Osier station, and all of our special Sunset Dinner Trains feature a spectacular prime rib dinner at Cumbres Pass.
Here are some of the Specials in 2019. Many will sell out, so don’t delay and book today!
May 25, 2019: Opening Day, double-header trains will depart from Antonito, CO and Chama, NM. 9:00 a.m. ceremonies in both Antonito, CO and Chama, NM feature dignitaries from both states and local entertainment with a southwestern flair.
June 16, 2019: The Geology Train: This special once-a-year train will depart early from both stations and include stops with geologists to examine some of the unusual formations along the route. Geology Trains are available from both Antonito CO and Chama NM.
4th of July Dinner Train: leaves Chama at 5 p.m., dinner at the Cumbres Pavilion, entertainment, red, white and blue costume contest, then back to the Chama Rodeo grounds on the train, for direct viewing of the best fireworks show in the west. The train then returns to the Chama Depot parking lot.
July 27, 2019: John Denver Tribute Saturday Night Dinner Train: leaves Chama at 5 p.m. with dinner and sunset on Cumbres Pass and back by train at 9:00 p.m. Entertainment will include a John Denver tribute concert by recording artist Chris Collins and a 1960s costume contest, in keeping with the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock.
Aug. 4, 2019: Wildflower & Botany Special: This once-a-year special ride will include stops to examine the many wildflowers that grow in Colorado and Northern New Mexico along the route. A special souvenir booklet will be available to all passengers.
August 17, 2019, Saturday Night Sunset Dinner Train with the Mariachis Azteca: Ole! This once-a-year special leaves Chama at 5 p.m. with mariachis music, dinner and sunset on Cumbres Pass, entertainment and fiesta attire costume contest.
September 14, 2019, Saturday Night Sunset & Speakeasy Special Dinner Train: Travel back to the days of prohibition on a Speakeasy Special that leaves Chama at 5 p.m., with music, dinner on Cumbres Pass, entertainment and costume contest. And no worries! Elliott Ness will NOT be on board, but the bar car will be. Ticket holders will be given the “secret word” for admission to the Speakeasy.