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Travel Blogs from Raton
... driving in snow for the first time in a small car and also with no chains on the tires.
We reached a little town called Silverton and checked at the information center, the roads ahead were much worse and there had been a few accidents so we decided we would turn around and head back towards Durango and find somewhere closer to Raton to stay the night. After 3 hours driving in the snow....although we weren't always calm we did get some pretty cool photos.
... engaged in breathing their life into this living art. We admire for a while ourselves as we search for prime canvas (which seems to be wherever anyone else is not painting). There are so many layers of paint that the cars look like they are made of plastic and are melting and dripping in the hot sun. Scott decides "VideoRay Rules" is appropriate and I attempt the more challenging VideoRay Logo. But the wind I mentioned ...
... where I watched a movie about the monument and went through their small museum. I then took the self-guided tour of the ruins. It was a bit uncomfortable walking around with wind gusts of nearly 60 mph. The story of the fort was more interesting to me than the ruins themselves.
After touring the monument I headed back to my hotel in ...
... but it was improved during the CCC years. Many people seem to think it needs more
improving. I heard two people talking about how scared they were driving to the top. By the time I got to the top the wind had picked up substantially.
I hiked the Crater Vent Trail, a 0.2 mile, paved trail that leads to the bottom of the crater, which is only about 100 feet down from the parking ...
... the canyon. After reaching Antonito I headed back to Tres Piedras.
In Tres Piedras I headed east on Highway 64. I stopped at the rest stop where the highway crosses the Rio Grande. At that point the canyon is roughly 600 feet deep.
Next I headed north to the town of Questa, NM. A bit north of town is the 13-mile Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway. I took it and stopped at the overlooks. ...
Other places to stay in Raton
1160 S. Second Street, Raton | Motelfrom $63
1610 Cedar, Raton | 1 star motelfrom $54
1600 Cedar St, Raton | 1 star motelfrom $39
101 Card Avenue, Raton | 2 star motelfrom $118
136 Canyon Drive, Raton | Motelfrom $77
473 Clayton Road, Raton | 2 star motelfrom $107
308 Canyon Drive, Raton | Motelfrom $48