Steam Through Wildflowers & Sunsets; Enjoy Live Music, Gourmet Dinners & Costumes; View Fall Foliage on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Special Departures & Fall Season Often Sell Out; Book Now!

ANTONITO, Colo & CHAMA, NM…One of the best ways to enjoy the brilliant beauty of the Rocky Mountains is by riding the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR). As the longest, highest and most authentic steam railroad in America, the C&TSRR goes where no roads go, twisting and turning for 64 miles through Rocky Mountain wilderness between Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico, crossing the state border 11 times.

And if you plan ahead, you can enjoy all this and more aboard a special departure of the Cumbres & Toltec as it steams through brightly colored wildflowers and a respected botanist talks about the region’s flora and fauna. Or, how about enjoying the glow of the sunset as you chug along at a top speed of just 12 mph, steaming through tunnels and over high trestles to enjoy a gourmet dinner and live music under the stars?

Or, experience the splendor of a Rocky Mountain autumn and travel through tens of thousands of colorful aspen trees. Rocky Mountain aspen leaves don’t just turn color in the fall, they positively glow a bright luminescent yellow gold, almost as if they had their own light source. The leaves are small, delicate and tissue-thin with an aerodynamic shape that keeps them in perpetual motion.  Even a slight breeze sends every leaf on the tree shimmering.

Tickets are going fast for special departures and the fall leaf-peeping season and these special departures. Book now to enjoy the fun aboard a special departure:


  • 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.


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