Attractions in Antonito

Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

is a proud remnant of the spirit that won the West  and is the most spectacular example of steam era mountain railroading in North America. In recognition for its place in our national history it was awarded National Historic Landmark Designation in 2013.  Built in 1880, it was part of the San Juan Extension of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, with tracks running from Denver through the ore-rich Rocky Mountains to Silverton, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Its path through steep passes and deep gorges is the stuff of adventure novels and was an engineering feat for the time. The decline of silver mining in the 1890s ended the railroad’s vital role.  Today the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad fulfills another important mission – taking passengers on the ride of a lifetime, connecting Colorado and New Mexico, and allowing us to see where the deer and the antelope play.  5234 B US HWY 285 Antonito, CO 81120 • (888) 286-2737 • www.ColoradoMountainTrain.com • www.facebook.com/pages/Cumbres-and-Toltec-Scenic-Railroad/103136173059492

 

Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway  

Translated, the name means “the ancient roads” – aptly named for its tour through 16th century Spanish territorial expansion at its northernmost boundary. Colorado’s cradle of Hispanic culture lies in the San Luis Valley, a mystical basin where sandhill cranes feed in the marshes, farmers till the soil, and North America’s tallest sand dunes press up against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The route winds along the Upper Rio Grande region through some of Colorado’s oldest towns, surrounded by panoramic views in all directions. This byway allows visitors to experience the culture that is still alive today with hospitality, authentic cuisine, adobe missions, museums, galleries, special festivals and events, and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Historic adobe structures pepper the landscape as a testament to the state’s first settlements. Begin your journey in Alamosa and follow the Los Caminos through three of our country’s most intriguing counties.