Chama River Bend Lodge
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- Continental Breakfast
- High-speed internet in room
- Non-smoking rooms
- Laundry facilities (self serve)
- Breakfast Available
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When we were planning the trip and I saw that we would be in the vicinity of southern Colorado, I lobbied for a steam train ride in the mountains, it was something I've always wanted to do. We did a little research and chose the Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railroad in Chama, New Mexico. The train track was laid in the early 1880's and helped to …
Chilly today (high of 55 and raining) so I came to the private cg in town and the guy at the office starts poking my arm awkwardly and looks at the guy behind the desk and says "yup, this one's frozen solid" and then he lets me take the empty cabin for the price of a tent spot! Also they have a phone here but it needs a phone card so hopefully I'll call everyone in Chama:-/ *wifi here is too weak to upload pics but I will add them ...
... visit, he provided several firsthand accounts of railway history, back to the 1920s when the train originally hauled sheep, lumber, and coal. He worked on his father's ranch, tending up to1,000 sheep and recalled a time when tens of thousands of sheep grazed in the mountains surrounding the valley. The Great Depression wiped out many of those ranches and tough times fell on the area until a 1950's oil boom resurrected jobs and the railroad.
We invited him ...
Along with Willy & Trudy and Willy's 2 brothers and cousin, we rode to Chama and stayed on a Ranch which has a major problem with Prairie dogs. The Ranch is owned by relatives of Willy's brother's wife, Char.
Prairie dogs are burrowing rodents that live in large colonies in the grasslands of central and western North America. Prairie dogs are named for their habitat and warning call, which sounds similar to a dog's bark. Once numbered in the hundreds of millions ...
... 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.