Welcome to 1880 onboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Hidden away in a little-known corner of the southern Rocky Mountains is a precious historic artifact of the American West that time has forgot. Built in 1880 and little changed since, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the finest and most spectacular example of a steam-era mountain railroad in North America. The railroad's equipment and structures, and the vast landscape of the Colorado and New Mexico border, exist today as if they were frozen in the first half of the twentieth century.
Over a hundred years ago, the railroad hauled precious metals over Cumbres Pass. Today, its steam locomotives still labor up steep grades carrying visitors over high trestles, through tunnels, and along narrow shelves above yawning gorges. In an era of strip malls, cruise ships and jumbo jets, the Cumbres & Toltec railroad provides an experience for travelers seeking something different; it provides adventures that unfold in the easy cadence of Mountain Time.
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is recognized around the world for its spectacular scenery and unspoiled vistas, as well as the historic rolling stock and railroad structures that are preserved on the line. Many of the buildings and railroad equipment date to the end of the nineteenth century, making the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad the best preserved steam-era railroad in North America.
All trains stop for lunch at Osier, Colorado-roughly the mid-point of the railroad-where a hot meal with salad bar and homemade desserts is included in the fare.
Constructed 133 years ago and little changed since, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a 64-mile, fully operational steam railroad jointly owned by the states of Colorado and New Mexico. The railroad operates passenger trains seven days a week between May 23 and October 18, 2015.