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Jul 19, 2020 - Galloping Goose

Art and I aren’t train buffs but we couldn’t pass up making an appointment to visit the small museum in nearby Dolores to see one of the remaining “Galloping Gooses.” Galloping Goose? You may ask, what is that? Galloping Goose is the name given to seven railway cars that were built in the 1930s by the Rio Grande Southern Railroad (RGS). The railway cars, which were originally steam cars, were built to haul freight and mail between Durango, Colorado and Ridgway, Colorado. The route was about 162 miles long on narrow gauge. However, RGS...

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Aug 28, 2019 - Dolores River Campground

/// Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Dolores River Campground Dolores, CO A Travel Day: With a drive of just 150 miles today we delayed our departure until 10:00 a.m. Our route today would take us over Wolf Creek Pass (The Bid Divide) and on west through Pagosa Springs to Dolores, located a short distance north of Cortez. We made very good time, stopping just once at Wolf Creek Pass. The road conditions were good, traffic was light and the scenery was great. We arrived at our destination around 1:00 p.m. Check-in was fast and efficient. Our site...

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Aug 30, 2014 - Anasazi Heritage Center

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Jun 7, 2013 - Dolores & McPhee Reservoir

We had another great day exploring this part of Colorado. We visited the pretty town of Dolores and saw the Galloping Goose No. 5. Dolores is halfway between Durango and Telluride, only 20 minutes from Mesa Verde National Park. The Dolores River forms McPhee Reservoir, the second largest body of water in Colorado. With the Dolores River running through town and mountains on both sides of the valley, Dolores is one of the truly unique spots in Colorado. We had lunch at the Naked Moose Restaurant, the servings were so huge we brought half...

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Jun 25, 2011 - Anasazi Heritage Center

We made Durango, CO our base camp for the next week of vacation. Durango is a really neat town. It is a nice mix of an actual working town, a tourist town, and a outdoors-environmentalist-hippie society-drop-out town. Durango sits at the base of the San Juan Mountains in the Four Corner Region. We were able to explore both historical sites of the Anasazi Indians and the San Juan Mountains from Durango. We went to the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, CO our first day. It is ran by the Bureau of Land Management and is part of the Canyons...

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Aug 14, 2010 - A walk and drive along the West Dolores River

I found a new place to take my daily walk. I was getting tired of walking in circles around the park and Len wasn't thrilled with me walking on the main road. It was a very quite main road and beautiful view of the valley, but I needed a change of scenery. I found a weekend property just off the end of the park with a great windy & steep road down to the river. I would haul my fannie up and down this road about 4 times. It is a great workout. The higher altitude certainly added to that workout. Tonight Len and I drive up Stoner Mesa Rd to...

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Aug 13, 2010 - Hanging out

Hi there! We have been enjoying our stay on the West Dolores River. We spend as much time as we can out by the river between the daily thunderstorms we have been experiencing. Some of the storms have been awesome! The stars at night are like nothing I have seen before. Len and I have been bundling up and getting in the recliners to watch the meteor showers that have been at its peak the last couple of nights. Wish I could take pictures to share. It is very moving emotional and spiritually to sit under a night sky like we have had up here....

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Aug 12, 2010 - Mancos Back Roads

Today was our third attempt to explore the back roads north of Mancos which we've been hearing about from several people, and we finally succeeded. Big storms had sent us home two times before. First let me say that the Forest Service roads that we've been on in this part of Colorado have been excellent for the most part, and there are lots of them that will take you just about as far back in as you or your vehicle want to go or can handle. Today we ended up at an elevation of about 11,200 ft not far below the summit of Burro Mountain...

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Aug 10, 2010 - More Back Roads

West Dolores Road (Rt 535) where our campground is located leaves Rt 145 about 10 miles north of the Town of Dolores, runs thru a very beautiful valley along the West Dolores River to a large high meadow at about 10,000 ft elevation, and then returns to Rt 145 some 32 miles after leaving it. It starts out paved but turns to dirt at near the half way mark, winds it's way thru the small quaint town of Dunton and past another neat and remote National Forest campground. Stoner Mesa Road is an 8 mile Forest Service Road that goes off of it not...

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Aug 9, 2010 - Fish Creek Trail/Willow Divide OHV Trail

Several people that we've talked to have walked the Fish Creek Trail so Nancy and I decided to check it out. Very nice easy walk. We probably walked back in about a mile until it got too muddy for us to continue. This is bear country as evidenced by the foot prints in the mud along the trail, so I decided to carry my 9mm Springfield XD handgun with me just in case we should encounter an aggressive one. We didn't, but I had to do a little target practice just in case. I don't think that a 9mm is big enough to stop a bear, but hopefully it's...

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Aug 8, 2010 - Exploring Rt 145 North

We left late this morning intending to drive to Ouray, check out the town and area and return to our pleasant little campsite along the Dolores River. Well, we got side tracked along the way and never made it to Ouray. Instead we found another outstanding National Forest campground not far from Telluride that both of us liked a lot. They have full hookup sites available and the views of the surrounding mountains are spectacular. Very nice, well kept campground. We talked at length with the camphost and he pointed out several full hookup...

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Aug 2, 2010 - Mesa Verde/Cliff Dwellings

Len has been to Mesa Verde before, but this my first time. Who knew when you are driving by or even up to Mesa Verde that so such history lies behind the beautiful mesa. The visitor center is 15 miles from the park entrance. They were working on the road so we had a couple of opportunities to get out and take in the view. Jim and Cheryl met us at the visitor center for a picnic lunch before heading out to explore the area. Our first stop was four miles down the road to the Far View Sites. This was a self-guided trail through a mesa top...

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