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Southwest Chief
Chicago - Albuquerque - Los Angeles Southwest Chief Route Map
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon

Through the Heart of the West

Amtrak's 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.

For more information, please download the Southwest Chief Route Guide.

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

Trails & Rails is an innovative partnership program between Amtrak and the National Park Service. This program provides educational opportunities to Amtrak passengers for the purpose of fostering appreciation of America's natural and cultural heritage. More information is available at the Trails & Rails Partnership web site.

At a Glance
  Southwest Chief
Train Numbers
  3, 4
  Reserved Coach Seat
Superliner Lower Level Coach Seats
Superliner Roomette
Family Bedroom
Superliner Bedroom
Superliner Bedroom Suite
Superliner Accessible Bedroom
  Note: Not all trains offer all of the accommodation types.
Length of Trip
  40+ hours
  Dining Car, Sightseer Lounge Car, Non-Smoking, Checked Baggage
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Stations Served
Chicago - Union Station, IL (CHI)
Naperville, IL (NPV)
Mendota, IL (MDT)
Princeton, IL (PCT)
Galesburg, IL (GBB)
Fort Madison, IA (FMD)
La Plata, MO (LAP)
Kansas City, MO (KCY)
Lawrence, KS (LRC)
Topeka, KS (TOP)
Newton, KS (NEW)
Hutchinson, KS (HUT)
Dodge City, KS (DDG)
Garden City, KS (GCK)
Lamar, CO (LMR)
La Junta, CO (LAJ)
Trinidad, CO (TRI)
Raton, NM (RAT)
Las Vegas - (New Mexico), NM (LSV)
Lamy, NM (LMY)
Albuquerque, NM (ABQ)
Gallup, NM (GLP)
Winslow, AZ (WLO)
Flagstaff, AZ (FLG)
Williams Junction, AZ (WMJ)
Kingman, AZ (KNG)
Needles, CA (NDL)
Barstow - Train Service, CA (BAR)
Victorville, CA (VRV)
San Bernardino, CA (SNB)
Riverside, CA (RIV)
Fullerton, CA (FUL)
Los Angeles - Union Station, CA (LAX)
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