If you’ve ever wanted to ride the famous scenic train that goes through New Mexico and Colorado, grab a drink and come along on our adventure aboard Cumbres & Toltec Railroad.
Our Adventure Aboard Cumbres & Toltec Railroad
It was a gorgeous day with no rain in site. It seemed like a full train with people from all over the world standing in line to climb aboard. Spectators were everywhere taking photos of the train. Every time we passed a highway, there were people stopped along the side of the road taking pictures or just to wave at us. Our adventure started out in New Mexico and lasted all day. It was indeed a great experience.
There are several ways to ride the train – round trip, ride halfway, ride one way and take a bus back. We chose to ride round trip. It was long, especially for our 7-year-old. Had I known I might have decided to ride the train one way and take a bus back. I believe the price is the same, but do check it all out on their website – www.cumbrestoltec.org. Also, a passenger can start out in New Mexico or Colorado.
Check out the video and be sure to have your volume up – it’s loud though.
A little bit of History
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is America’s longest and highest narrow gauge railroad. It’s also one of the country’s best-preserved railroad museums, designated both a National and State Registered Historic Site and National Civil Engineering Landmark.
Traveling through parts of New Mexico and Colorado you see some beautiful scenery including all kinds of trees and mountains and even some wildlife.
They say to keep all hands and arms inside the window, but I never heard them say anything about your head! Oops…don’t tell. I love this picture of our son…but did make him get his head back in after photo!! Hey, it’s a one-time adventure, so I wanted to make it memorial – right! However, I have a friend here in Texas that takes her family every year – so who knows…we may go back too. Chama, NM is gorgeous, and I know we will be back there.
We had a visit from Cinder Bear. He walked up and down the train from our first stop to our third stop, I believe, taking pictures with the kids and laughing and playing. It was fun for the kids to see Cinder Bear and to receive the pencils and stickers he was giving out.
I love it when this kid picks up a map. I think I have 6 or 7 other images where he’s looking at a map. With this particular map, we mapped out where we thought the train was and which route it was going to take.
If you ever get a chance to ride Cumbres & Toltec Railroad – do it. It’s expensive and this pic above – they took one just like it, and it cost $25, so save your money and good luck looking for a coupon. I could not find one. Not knocking this experience down, but do be prepared to spend some money….but the scenery and memories can’t be beaten!
We truly enjoyed our adventure aboard Cumbres & Toltec Railroad. Take the ride when you can!
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