Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Goes Where No Road Goes, Steaming Through Aspens and Fall Scenery One of the most unusual ways to the enjoy the brilliant fall colors of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico is by riding the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR).
Built in 1880, the Cumbres & Toltec is today a National Historic Landmark that moves – a “Williamsburg on wheels,” that re-creates the magic of the glory era of steam railroading While the ride is spectacular at any time, it is especially gorgeous in the fall when the aspens put on their annual show. Fall in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico There are more than two million acres of aspen trees in Colorado and New Mexico — one billion trees that if placed together would cover Rhode Island and Delaware. Aspen trees in the Rocky Mountains grow from 6,500 to 10,500 feet in elevation.
Since the Cumbres & Toltec runs from 6,800 feet to 10,015 feet at the top of Cumbres Pass, you can expect to see pretty fall aspens all along the route.