Southwest Chief

  • Chicago
  • Albuquerque
  • Los Angeles
40+ hours Train Numbers
3, 4
Frequency: Daily

Take in the Grandeur of the American West on an Adventure between Chicago and Los Angeles. The 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.

Immerse yourself in the stunning geography and iconic images of an old Western. Watch the sun rise over the Grand Canyon and set on Sedona’s red cliffs. Discover nature’s breathtaking artistry in the Painted Desert. Retrace the Santa Fe Trail. Glide past expansive plains and cross the Continental Divide to reach the glistening waters of the Pacific.

“This landscape is animate: it moves, transposes, builds, proceeds, shifts, always going on, never coming back…” — Ann Zwinger

Features & Amenities

Amenities vary by train.

Downloadable menus are updated regularly, but menu items and prices are subject to change and may be different from what is available onboard.

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.
 

Most long-distance trains include a full-service Dining Car, which serves hot meals prepared onboard by trained chefs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals for First Class passengers, passengers with sleeping accommodations, and all Auto Train passengers (no matter which class you're traveling) are included in the price of their train ticket. Coach Class passengers may dine for an additional charge.

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Trails & Rails - Heritage Appreciation Onboard

Trails & Rails - Heritage Appreciation Onboard

Trails & Rails - Heritage Appreciation Onboard

Trails & Rails - Heritage Appreciation Onboard

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.

Learn More about Trails & Rails