Relive the golden age of railroads and discover a Colorado few get to see. Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s steam engine rides through breathtaking mountain valleys and passes on hundreds of miles of historic rail.

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

Rio Grande Scenic RailroadRelive the golden age of railroads and discover a Colorado few get to see. Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s steam engine rides through breathtaking mountain valleys and passes on hundreds of miles of historic rail.

Colorado leisure trains make great vacation and gift ideas departing daily from Alamosa to La Veta in South Central Colorado. Our steam and diesel trains transport you to charming and historic train towns in the heart of the San Luis Valley.

Route between Alamosa and La Veta
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

  • Traverses over historic La Veta pass-the highest point in which standard gauge crosses the Rockies
  • Fir Station mountain stop in the middle for shorter ½ day trips
  • Daily steam departures from Alamosa at 9:00 a.m.
  • Daily diesel departures from La Veta at 9:30 a.m.
    Roundtrip or one-way fares available
  • Trains run 7 days a week / Memorial Day - Oct. 31st.

Rio Grande Scenic RailroadThe San Luis Express leaves daily at 9:00 a.m. from historic Alamosa and winds through country ranging from agricultural flatlands to colorful foothills to cliff-sided mountains – much of it inaccessible by motor vehicle – on its way to the charming art town of La Veta. A leisurely, two-hour stop for lunch allows passengers to relax in the park, do some shopping and gallery-browsing, or enjoy a great meal at one of La Veta’s local restaurants and cafes.

A reverse trip is available, leaving La Veta at 9:30 a.m. Powered by a diesel-electric, the La-Veta to Alamosa train allows two hours for lunch and shopping in downtown Alamosa, with many cafes, restaurants and stores available. For the first time, summer weekdays departures from La Veta are scheduled July 8th through the end of the season, in part to accommodate access to the Mountain Music Show with Michael Martin Murphey.

In addition, shorter ½ day excursions are available from either Alamosa or La Veta to Fir Station, our mountain top stop. Morning and afternoon departures are available. Note: location is not wheelchair accessible and requires changing trains.