“Culinary Destination” segment on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
The majestic West has a rich and flavorful culinary history of its own, and we have found a ride to get you there that will completely blow your mind.
According to visit New Mexico, the Cumbres & Toltec is a steam-powered railroad virtually unchanged from how it looked, sounded and felt more than a century ago. The railroad has been lovingly restored and continues to be maintained by the non-profit, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Commission. Visitors travel through national forest, high plains, mountain tunnels and steep canyons, all with the wisdom of on-board docents guiding the trip.
One of the many things we love about this living museum is that the Cumbres & Toltec is jointly operated by the states of New Mexico and Colorado. These two states joined together because they realized the importance of this heritage railroad experience and historical ride through the many legs of the journey.
According to docent, Rich Muth, this ride through unique terrain is an exploration learning about the flora and fauna, history of people in the area, and the challenges faced for the many who carved the narrow gauge, laid the track and forged history to settle the West. One can only imagine the stories.
The steam locomotive is at the head of beautifully restored passenger cars that make the incredible climb through the mountain pass.
Options to start your day journey include culinary and cultural destinations Santa Fe, Denver, Albuquerque, and more that lead to Antonio, Colorado, or Chama, New Mexico. Links to the maps are on our site to help you choose your breathtaking ride. These affordable memory making day trips also include meals and libations depending on your route.
We suggest beginning the experience with a hearty meal in your starting city and spend the day riding the rails where you can also enjoy beer and wine along the way. You’re going to have plenty of memories to talk about over dinner that same night. Wow. What a day.