Downtown Antonito. Photo: ERoss99
Antonito, one of San Luis Valley’s oldest towns, is the starting point of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad’s 64-mile track. Once run by Hispanic farm families in 1849, Antonito is now home to small farms and ranches.
There’s a small historic downtown, with several shops, restaurants and hotels. It’s a quiet, southern Colorado town, with a population of 781 in 2010. The elevation is 7,890 feet.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad – Witness enthralling vistas and Colorado’s lush, wide open spaces while on-board the classic steam-powered engine that traverses from Antonito all the way to Chama, New Mexico. This popular vintage railroad is a huge tourist draw in this picturesque southern Colorado town.
The tourist railroad allows visitors the rare experience to travel the way Westerners did centuries ago, thus expect the absence of cozy seats and fancy dining cars. Do expect breathtaking high-mountain meadows as you pass by the Carson National Forest and the Rio Grande.