The train, which leaves daily from the old station in Antonito, traverses the Cumbres Pass and ends up 64 miles away in Chama, New Mexico, where riders can catch a bus back to the starting point.

It is touted as the longest and highest narrow-gauge train still running, but be warned: This is no luxury excursion with plush seats and fancy dining car. Be prepared to experience the train as Western travelers did more than a century ago. There's a stop for lunch in Osier, but the main attraction is the scenery, which can easily be photographed from the train as it winds its way through high-mountain meadows and over the 10,000-foot pass. The train runs primarily in the summer and fall, typically from Memorial Day weekend into October. Conditions permitting, there's a Christmas train, which offers a different seasonal view of the route.

There's lodging in town, and you can also arrange overnight packages in Chama.


Photos courtesy of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.

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