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... on the way home.
Up early the next day we were able to get the car hire company to pick us up from our hotel, with our cute little red car we headed off early towards Durango. It was a very cruisy day stopping in Fort Garland to have some food and check out the museum. Checked out some ruins and trail. We then continued on our road trip through Wolf Creek, it was beautiful except all we could think of was the horror movie. We found a sweet scenic spot just off ...
... in like we're planning to do with Steve missing the fossil adventrure.
Just West of Amarillo, TX, you pull off I-40 on the frontage road and park on the shoulder. There are no signs, no tourist gift shops, no T-shirts, just the shoulder and a bunch of Cadillacs planted nose first in the middle of some farmer's obviously active field. Having read up on details beforehand, we made a pit stop at Walmart in Dumas, TX. ...
I went to Fort Union National Monument today. I hadn't done any research before my visit and didn't know much about the site. I learned that Fort Union was built in 1851 to protect the Santa Fe Trail and some of the new territory taken from Mexico in 1848 at the end of the Mexican-American War. It soon played an ...
... some interpretive signs about the local plants. I then hiked the Lava Flow Trail, which is a 1-mile loop trail leaving from the Visitor Center parking lot. You see some lava on the trail but there are no interpretive signs explaining the type of lava or how it came to look the way it does.
Next, I drove to the top of the volcano. The road spiraling to the top of the volcano was built ...
... 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