Just how much of a train buff are you? If your answer is that you love nothing more than the smell of coal in the morning and the cry of a steam engine whistle; then one of our many train and lodging packages is just what you need to scratch that train itch. We have three historical trains right here in Southwestern Colorado, the Rio Grande Railroad, the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad, and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Start your adventure in Alamosa, CO. riding the Rio Grande; this tour train ride takes you through breathtaking mountain valleys in the heart of the San Luis Valley.  As the train carries you to delightful and historic western towns, passengers have a choice of experiencing the full excursion ride or disembarking at Fir Summit, a gorgeous clearing at the top of La Veta Pass where the railroad hosts a variety of folk and western acts for a concert during the layover.

Next, head South to Chama, NM to ride the Longest Highest, most Historic Narrow Gauge Railroad in North America. 64 miles of spectacular scenery through the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Northern NM and Southern Co. Few railroads in the world climb to greater heights than the historic narrow gauge line over 10,015-foot to Cumbres Pass. The Cumbres & Toltec was chosen one of the “Top 20 Rail Trips of the World” by the Society of International Railway Travelers.

Your final leg brings you to Durango, CO. to ride the Durango & Silverton  Narrow Gauge. The Durango & Silverton winds through spectacular and breathtaking canyons through the largest wilderness in Colorado, the Weminuche. This unforgettable excursion takes you to the historical mining town of Silverton where you will think you have actually stepped back in time to the late 1800’s.

So, are you up for the challenge? If so, call Gateway Reservations today and let us put together the train enthusiast package of a life time.

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