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Ride the Rails: Top 10 Train Trips for Families


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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
If you're visiting the Rockies, consider taking in some of the highlights by train.
If you're visiting the Rockies, consider taking in some of the highlights by train.
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Originally built in 1880 along the border of Colorado and New Mexico, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the longest and highest narrow gauge train line in North America, reaching a peak elevation of more than 10,000 feet crossing over Cumbres Pass. Then there's Tanglefoot Curve, an arc so extreme it seems the train cars will form a complete circle, and Cascade Trestle, which takes the train soaring more than a hundred feet above the landscape below.

Families can also tour the historic railway yards at each end of the 64-mile line, and during a few select rides each summer, kids can enjoy on-board entertainment, when the Cinder Bear regales youthful riders with stories, songs and games.


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