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Tracks Across New Mexico: Historic Railways

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8 Days | 7 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
New Mexico played a huge part in Western expansion when railroad lines began to operate in the state in the 1800s. Journey new and old rails as you explore unique places others often miss while your railroad historian shares little-known facts.


• Visit an authentic Harvey House, ride the Narrow-Gauge Railroad in Chama and take Amtrak to historic Las Vegas, N.M., where the railroad arrived in 1879.
• Learn how the Doodlebug Line and the historic Chili Line Railroad played important roles during the beginnings of Western expansion.
• Experience the new RailRunner train, Amtrak, Cumbres-Toltec Narrow-Gauge Railroad, and more as you follow the iron trails of cowboys, miners, merchants and immigrants.

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Walking up to one mile, uneven terrain; standing up to one hour. Elevations up to 5,200 feet. Train achieves 9,000 feet elevation for short period.

Itinerary Summary

Albuquerque, N.M. 2 nights; coach to Chama, N.M. 1 night; train and coach to Trinidad, Colo. 1 night; train and coach to Santa Fe, N.M. 2 nights; train to Albuquerque, N.M. 1 night.

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7 nights of accommodations
19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips


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