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Tourist Train Rides > Southwest States

Scenic and heritage train rides in Southwest States

Verde Canyon Railroad, Clarkdale, Arizona

Tourist railways feature historic train rides and scenic routes to provide memorable day trips that are fun for the whole family! Photo: Verde Canyon Railroad, Arizona. © Verde Canyon Railroad.


Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

As of 2014, service is suspended until further notice.

Clarkdale, Arizona

The old "Verde Mix" follows Arizona's "Wilderness Route" past Indian ruins, rare wildlife and rugged canyon landscapes on afternoon journeys lasting four hours. Highlights include seasonal night trains, winter eagle watch (Jan-Mar) and hotel/resort packages. Trains operate year-round. Selected features: holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, snack bar, online ticketing, telephone: +1 (800) 582-7245.

Williams, Arizona

The GCRR runs through pine forests, desert plains and small canyons en route to Grand Canyon Depot and the South Rim. Highlights include hotel, RV park, Pet Resort, overnight packages, Amtrak combos and special tours. Trains operate year-round. Selected features: holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, restaurant, online ticketing, wheelchair access, telephone: +1 (800) 843-8724.

New Mexico

Chama, New Mexico & Antonito, Colorado

America's highest and longest narrow gauge railway edges along 600 ft (180 m) cliffs and clears Cumbres Pass, some 2 mi (3 km) in altitude. Highlights include restored Parlor Car and open air gondola. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: rail museum, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, snack bar, online ticketing, wheelchair access, telephone: +1 (888) 286-2737.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Among the world's longest aerial tramways, New Mexico's famous sky ride thrills visitors to a 2½ mi (4 km) climb to the Sandia Peak summit, rising some 2 mi (3 km) into the sky. Highlights include skiing in winter and mountain biking in summer. Tram operates year-round. Selected features: two restaurants, gift shop, wheechair access, telephone: +1 (505) 856-7325.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Service has been discontinued as of September 2014.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

From its meticulously recreated rail-yard, trains roll along a remnant stretch of "The Katy" line -- the historic K-T railway that once sprawled between Kansas and Texas. Highlights include replica station and out buildings; restored locomotives and rolling stock. Trains operate seasonally; museum open year-round. Selected features: rail museum, holiday/event excursions, train charters, telephone: +1 (405) 424-8222.

Texas

Austin, Texas

Return trips through the Texas Hill Country run from Cedar Park to Burnet (Bertram in summer); autumn excursions from Austin tour the rolling Blackland Prairie. Highlights include Twilight Flyer evening excursions. Trains operate year-round. Selected features: holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, snack bar, telephone: +1 (512) 477-8468.

Grapevine (Fort Worth), Texas

The "Cotton Belt Route" to Fort Worth Stockyards features high trestle crossings and great skyline views. The connecting "Trinity River Route" takes a scenic turn through "Cow Town." Highlights include train robbery reenactments and birthday party packages. Trains operate year-round (except Jan/Feb). Selected features: holiday/event excursions, train charters, online ticketing, telephone: +1 (817) 410-3185.

Jefferson, Texas

In the heart of eastern Texas's piney wood country, the R.E. Lee departs its 19c depot and heads down by the Bayou for a lazy 5 mi (8 km) run. Highlights include Ghost Trains. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: holiday/event excursions, online ticketing, wheelchair access, telephone: +1 (866) 398-2038.

San Antonio, Texas

Departing the quaint circa 1941 depot, two vintage diesel locomotives take turns hauling restored rolling stock along the museum's own trackway. Highlights include two static steam locomotives, a G-gauge garden railroad, road vehicle collection, and unlimited train rides with admission. Trains operate year-round. Selected features: rail museum, holiday/event excursions, gift shop, wheelchair access, telephone: +1 (210) 490-3554.

Dallas, Texas

Heritage streetcars ramble through the Big D's dynamic Uptown district hooking up with galleries, cafes, performance venues and DART light rail at Cityplace station. Trolleys are free and run daily. Highlights include Trolley-Dine-Around parties and car barn tours. Trains operate year-round. Selected features: train charters, gift shop, telephone: +1 (214) 855-0006.

Rusk & Palestine, Texas

Two steam trains pass one another midway along the 25 mi (39 km) parkland route linking Rusk and Palestine State Parks. Both depots are close to camping and picnic areas. Highlights include free rides for kids (Jun-Sep). Trains operate year-round (except Jan/Feb). Selected features: holiday/event excursions, train charters, snack bar, wheelchair access, telephone: +1 (877) 726-7245.
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