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Travel Blogs from Antonito
... It is the remaining 64 mile portion of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad's San Juan Extension built in the 1880s between Alamosa, CO and Durango, CO. The route was abandoned in the late 1960s and the tracks from Chama westward to Durango were torn up soon afterwards.
... the truck and drove across the street, where we could have a good view of the train as it came by. We snapped some pictures there and down the road a couple of miles, where we could see it from a short distance, then headed back to the campground to pack up the camper and hit the road.
Camper in tow, we drove the 49 miles on route 17 to Chama, New Mexico. The tracks don't go anywhere near the road again until a spot called Los Pinos, about ...
Today was the day to check out the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway – the longest train ride in our program. After I dropped Scott off in Chama, New Mexico to board the train, I followed its progress for about an hour, stopping to take pictures as it chugged its way nostalgically through placid green landscapes, then leap-frogging ahead in the car to find the next likely vantage point.
... scenery is delightful. I could live in this place (until it hits 20 below in the winter). I'll try to post a few more pics and videos. What a classic ride - should be even more memorable in the fall when the aspens turn golden!
Click on the video below to get a taste of the train ride, and the countryside.
... She told us that the operation is going to change back to a company and that may help.
I went fishing on the Chama and caught a few nice trout. Had a good time. The river level is down and I was able to fish it without putting on my waders. We stayed in Chama for three days and then departed for Colorado Springs. On our way out of Chama we got to see some beautiful Aspen Fall colors and also got to see the narrow gauge train.