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In Antonito, Co. the sound of the train whistle pretty much defines the southern Colorado town of Antonito, perched on the edge of the New Mexico border.

The Cumbres & Toltec Railroad is the big draw for visitors. The train, which leaves daily from the old station in Antonito, traverses the Cumbres Pass and ends up 64 miles away in Chama, New Mexico, where riders can catch a bus back to the starting point.

It is touted as the longest and highest narrow-gauge train still running, but be warned: this is no luxury excursion with plush seats and fancy dining car. Be prepared to experience the train as Western travelers did more than a century ago. There's a stop for lunch in Osier, but the main attraction is the scenery, which can easily be photographed from the train as it winds its way through high-mountain meadows and over the 10,000-foot pass.

Map: Antonito

Region: Colorado South Central Regional Information

County: Conejos

Proximity to other towns: Located 28.6 miles from Alamosa, 35.8 miles from Monte Vista, 38.3 miles from San Luis

Population: 832

Elevation: 7882 feet

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