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Sep 30, 2014 - The Cumbres-Toltec RR

Today we experienced the ultimatetrain ride! The old steam locomotive, tooting its whistle, hauling us up and down the mountains at the breath-taking speed of 15 mph! It's a steady climb from Antonito (elev. 7890 ft) to the Cumbres Pass (10,020 ft). And it's a twisty, winding track - so 15 mph was quite reasonable. Mark and Dave spent most of the trip in the open car taking pictures - coming in periodically to thaw out! We departed the Antonito station around 9:30 am, arriving in Osier for lunch at about 1 pm. The first hour or so we were...

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New Mexico Trek 2014

Sep 29, 2014 - On to Antonito CO

Our departure from Canon City was, unfortunately, not uneventful. Today the Mailanders pulled off an RV faux pas to make the Beltons’ GPS glitch positively pale in comparison. We had a little difficulty hitching up the trailer – the first try was not successful so I pulled the truck up while Mark raised the trailer a bit for the hitch pin to engage. The second attempt appeared to be successful – it sounded good, it looked good, the release handle was good and tight. So we pulled out of the site behind the Beltons. Heading towards the exit...

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New Mexico Trek 2014

Oct 1, 2013 - Day Trip: Antonito, CO

It is a good day but a long day. There were three negatives. John has a bad allergy day. The fall colors are not their best this year because of caterpillars. We are an hour late getting back to Chama. With that said, The Cumbres & Toltec scenic rail is a great trip. It is 64 scenic miles. It crosses the New Mexico and Colorado border 11 times. Our train leaves Chama at 10:00. It makes a 4 ½ grade climb toward Colorado. We head east and pass Windy Point, Cumbres and Tanglefoot curve before arriving at Osier. You can get up and move around...

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Jul 15, 2013 - Antonito, CO

We stayed at the Conejos (Rabbit) River Campground for 3 nights. We stayed there back in 2004 - they didn't have cell service then, and they don't have cell service now. Judy had to drive 10 miles to call her mother. We did take a ride on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway this time. It's great fun and scenery on a 1927 vintage steam locomotive through the valleys and mountains between Antonito, CO and Chamas, NM.

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Aug 28, 2012 - at Antonito CO; 16/224

120828-Tue-67995-Today we ended at 68006, started at 67995 miles, for total miles today of 11. We went to the Cambres & Toltec Scenic RR and back to camp. Well, the verdict is in. We both liked this better than Durango to Silverton. You look down and there is a lot more to see. But, if we were to do it again, we would stay in Chama NM, ride the train to Antonito CO and take the bus back. We did the opposite. Chama is a much neater town with a campground that you can walk to town from. You need to see the pictures, but I’m sure they won’t do...

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Aug 27, 2012 - to Antonito CO;16/223

120827-Mon-67804-Today we ended at 67995, started at 67804 miles, for total miles today of 191. Today we went over the Wolf Creek Mountain pass & thru the fairly new tunnel. We never found a summit sign but it must be about10,000 feet. I looked in the rearview mirror and thought I saw white smoke. I stopped right away and got out and checked the oil and it was OK. I also had good oil pressure and the temperature was not too hot. It had just started to rain and I think it was steam off the hot roof. It ran fine all the time and afterward....

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Jul 25, 2011 - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Today is the day for the Cumbres & Toltec Steam Train Ride. This will be an all day adventure for a 64 mile each way ride. We will begin boarding at 10am and lunch around noon then to the end of the line in Chama, New Mexico were we will then hop on our bus for our one hour ride back to Antonito, Colorado. Upon waking up this morning Tom was in serious trouble with his right knee. He did manage to hobble to the train and get seated, but that was all the moving for him until lunch when he hobbled off and got seated and I went and brought him...

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Jul 24, 2011 - Royal Gorge Route Railroad

After our mine tour we drove a few hours to Canon City, CO to enjoy the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. This was train that took us for a journey through the spectacular Royal Gorge. It was a 2 hour, 24 mile round-trip journey that took us deep beneath the towering 1,000-foot granite cliffs. We traveled beside of the tumbling waters of the Arkansas River. We also witness the world's highest suspension bridge which spans the Arkansas River at a height of 1,053 feet. After this train ride we got back into the jeep and headed 3 hours further south...

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Jun 3, 2011 - Cumbre and Toltec RR, NM & CO

Wayne, Mary, Fred and I drove north to the little town of Antonio, CO for one reason: to ride the Cumbres and Toltec Narrow Gauge Railroad which runs from Antonito to the town of Chama in New Mexico. We had heard about this train when we rode the Durango train in western CO a couple years ago, and since then it has been “on our list” of places to go. We set up the RVs at Mogote Meadows RV Park, a family owned park outside of Antonito. The owners were super friendly and the park was a perfect location for our train ride. The town of Antonito...

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Jun 5, 2008 - Happy 21st Anniversary

What a terrific way to spend our anniversary. The weather was cold and windy here in Antonito, CO, but the ride on the Cumbres & Toltec RR was great. Originally we planned on taking the train from Chama, NM, but this turned out to be better (and closer). We had snow on part of the trip up the mountain. It was stunningly beautiful.

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