Cumbres & Toltec Fall Colors
Anyone in search of the rich and vibrant colors of autumn should hop aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad for the best viewing of the fall foliage in the Rocky Mountains. With the high levels of rain northern New Mexico and southern Colorado have received this summer, the fall leaves are a spectacular display. The show is running now – don’t let the fanfare pass you by!
“People get closer to nature on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad,” says John Bush, President and General Manager of the C&TS RR. “The rhythm and speed of the train allows people to slow down and fully enjoy stupendous colors and those inspiring moments. Riding the train and being outside in what I consider to be the most beautiful landscape in the country at this time of year is very rewarding and relaxing. We invite all of you to jump on the train at either of our depots in Chama, New Mexico, or Antonito, Colorado, for what is sure to be a beautiful fall day.”
Fall in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico
There are 1.9 million acres of aspen trees in Colorado – over one billion trees that if placed together would cover Rhode Island and Delaware. Aspen trees in Colorado grow from 6,500 to 10,500 feet in elevation. Although many factors make leaves turn color, as a general rule, higher the elevation, the sooner the leaves turn gold. That means that over a period of time, can often see a variety of shades of Colorado on one mountainside, with deeper golds on top at 10,000 feet, blending to pale yellow in the 8,000 foot range.
Riding the Rails: Chama to Antonito
The scenic journey unfolds the moment you leave the station in Chama, NM with a gradual climb into the mountains through the rolling meadows and aspens of the historic Lobato sheep ranch and over a high trestle that spans rushing Wolf Creek. For those riding from Antonito, CO, the train offers scenic Toltec Gorge, two long tunnels (Mud Tunnel and Rock Tunnel) and Phantom Curve, named for a rock spire that casts a ghostly shadow. It is especially dramatic as the Halloween holiday approaches. The rocky gorge plunges 800 feet and the train snakes carefully along a narrow ledge where the view is straight down.
Click Here to Book Your Fall Color Trains Departing Daily from both depots through October 22!