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Southwest Chief

Chicago - Albuquerque - Los Angeles
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Take in the Grandeur of the American West on an Adventure between Chicago and Los Angeles

The Amtrak Southwest Chief runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles, through the vast expanse of the fabled American West.

You'll be mesmerized by this region's beauty and allure. We'll take you across the mighty Mississippi through eight states—past wheat fields and ranches, missions and pueblos, mountains and deserts. Carving through curving canyon passages only a few feet wider than the train itself, you'll see spectacular landscapes and pristine vistas not visible from interstate highways.

See the Majestic Grand Canyon

Arrive just steps away from the south rim of the Grand Canyon, with Thruway bus connections at Williams Junction, AZ to the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams. On this century-old railway, you'll be entertained by cowboys, musicians and a mock early 1900s-style train robbery.

Getaway to Santa Fe

The Lamy Shuttle Service meets Southwest Chief trains daily for an easy ride to Santa Fe hotels. Return service to Lamy is also provided. Advance reservations are required.

Enjoy the Ride on the Southwest Chief

Onboard the Southwest Chief, enjoy Superliner Sleeping and Dining Car accommodations and spectacular views from our renowned Sightseer Lounge Car.

Trails & Rails - Heritage Appreciation On Board

Trails & Rails Logo An innovative partnership program between the National Park Service and Amtrak, the Trails & Rails program provides Amtrak passengers with educational opportunities to foster an appreciation of a selected region's natural and cultural heritage and renews the long tradition of associating railroads with National Parks.

As part of the Trails & Rails program, National Park service guides are onboard the Southwest Chief between Albuquerque and La Junta, CO, Chicago, IL, and La Plata, MO, from the following National Park Service sites:

  • Guide from the Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site (La Junta, CO)
  • Guide from Texas A&M University — Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
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Pets on Trains

Take your small dog or cat along with you on the train. Before you go, learn more about the types of pets allowed, pet reservations and fares, approved pet carriers and additional details.

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  • Effective January 11, 2016
  • Frequency
    Daily
    Length of Trip
    40+ hours
    Amenities
    Dining Car Lounge Checked Baggage Service
    3, 4
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