The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad recently was announced as winner in USA Today’s readers’ choice awards for the best train ride in America, beating out its regional rival, the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which came in No. 2.
The Cumbres & Toltec “ranks among the most authentic steam-operated railroads still in existence,” says the newspaper’s write-up. “Passengers aboard this National Historic Landmark travel along a track laid in 1880 between Chama, N.M., and Antonito, Colo., passing through the San Juan Mountains and the scenic Conejos Valley, where it’s possible to spot antelope and deer.”
“Thank you, America, for voting the Cumbres & Toltec the nation’s #1 best train ride,” Lee Bates, marketing director of the Cumbres & Toltec, said in a news release.
The 64-mile railroad is jointly owned by the states of Colorado and New Mexico, and crisscrosses the border 11 times, climbing to the top of scenic Cumbres Pass at 10,015 feet.