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Jul 29, 2020 - Sky Mountain RV Park - DESTINATION

/// JULY 29, 2020 A TRAVEL DAY: With just a distance of 90 miles to travel today so we delayed out departure as long as our patience would allow. We were definitely anxious for our return trip to Chama, NM. // Our route today was fairly simple, east on Rt160 and south on Rt 64. The scenery was very pleasant, the road conditions were good and no traffic. We stopped a couple of times to relax and delay our pending arrival until after 12:00 pm. We made good time and arrived at Sky Mountain RV Park just after noon. We checked in which was a...

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Oct 9, 2019 - Cumbres Toltec Narrow Guage Railroad

When we booked a ride on this train we had a vague idea that we would hit the fall colors. However we were thrilled that we actually hit the PEAK of color. The ride was awesome through the valleys and over the mountain seeing the bright yellows and some oranges of all the grasses, bushes, and aspens along the way. We started in Chama, NM by boarding a bus and traveling to the other end of the ride located in Antonito, CO. There we boarded the train riding it back towards Chama zigzagging through 11 border crossing of NM & CO. We passed...

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Aug 9, 2019 - Sky Mountain RV Park

/// August 8, 2019 Sky Mountain RV Park Chama, NM A Travel Day: We departed the Rt 66 RV Resort located just west of Albuquerque, NM by 9:15 A.M. Our route today will take us East on I-40 to Jct. of I-25 and then North towards Santa Fe, then north on US 84 to Chama, NM. Our destination is the Sky Mountain RV Park. The weather was clear and warm, the road conditions were mostly good and the traffic once we cleared Albuquerque was fairly light. Once we were north of Santa Fe the scenery really improved. We stopped just once to check the tires...

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Sep 28, 2018 - A day trip on the Cumbres & Toltec train

After many years living in the four courses area I finally took a ride on this coal burning train, the last Friday of September 2018. The trip started off on Thursday with a night at the Healing Waters Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, a nice way to relax before a long day on the train, with a nice dinner at Tequilas which was a easy walk from the resort. The next morning after some breakfast it was off for a hour drive to Chama where my train was already fired up and ready to head off on a 64 mile ride. Found a parking space and got my...

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Oct 18, 2017 - Chama NM

On our way to Chama we took a tour of Earthship community in Tres Piedras (about 30 miles west of Taos) which began in 1960 by an architect experimenting with self-sustaining homes. Water is gathered in cisterns and used 4 times: potable-grey-grey-black, solar panels and wind for electric etc. Exterior walls are built from old tires packed with earth. Almost all construction materials are made from discards and food is grown on-site. The actual houses were pretty ugly but we were impressed and intrigued and when we eventually buy or build...

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LUCKY 58

Sep 12, 2017 - Chama

Left Durango heading to Chama, NM. Beautiful drive, huge mountains; took about 4 hours. Arrived at the Sky Mountain RV Park where our friends, Mike and Anne, were waiting. Anne prepared a fabulous meal for us, the weary travelers. While we ate we caught up on each of our travels and had a great evening. We planned to strike out the next morning to catch the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. Our adventure the next day started at Chama and went all the way to Antonito. It was a perfect weather day and the scenery breathtaking. Sometimes a...

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Aug 11, 2016 - Chama, NM

Today we went on the Cumbres &Toltec scenic railroad. The tour started out slowly, but it got interesting after about 45 minutes. The railroad is a narrow gauge that connected to the Durango/Silverton line. We were on some shear cliffs and saw some awesome scenery. There was lunch halfway thru the trip that was great. We left at 7:45 am and returned at 5 pm.

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2016 Southwest

Aug 10, 2016 - Chama, NM

Today we went from Bayfield, CO to Chama, NM. Before we left Bayfield, we noticed lots of hummingbirds feeding and got some great pictures. The drive to Chama was a pleasant 2 hour drive. We were treated to lunch by the staff at Little Creel RV park. After lunch we took a drive to downtown Chama and saw the train station. We then went back through town and stopped by a gift shop to look at the hummingbirds and shop. There is a nice little river running by the campground. Tonight we are getting pizza hosted by the caravan staff.

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2016 Southwest

May 23, 2016 - Chama

Chama is a village in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. The population was 1,199 at the 2000 census. Chama is the western terminus of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, a steam-driven, narrow gauge heritage railway which carries visitors to and from Osier, Colorado, and Antonito, Colorado, during the summer months. It is the remaining 64 mile portion of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad's San Juan Extension built in the 1880s between Alamosa, Colorado, and Durango, Colorado. The route was abandoned in the late 1960s and the tracks from...

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2016 RV Adventure

May 9, 2016 - Chama, New Mexico

We make our best decisions in the morning. We check the weather. We decide to drive for two days to Durango. The weather is going to get warmer! What route should we take? The most direct route is through South Fork but there is a pass and it is snowing in the high elevations. Further south, there is a shortcut but it includes the Cumbres Pass. We have been over that on a train. Pass. We follow the San Luis Valley into New Mexico. The road is good but it is very windy. I guess this is why they ended up with those sand dunes! In New Mexico,...

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Oct 3, 2015 - Cumbres & Toltec

Chama, NM Having met up with Sandi’s brother Tom and friend Gary who travelled here from Phoenix, AZ, we are off on another adventure. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a 3’ narrow gauge heritage railroad running between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado. It runs over 10,015-foot Cumbres Pass and through Toltec Gorge, from which it takes its name. The railroad is the highest and longest narrow gauge steam railroad in the US. It was constructed in 1880 in less than 9 months; an engineering miracle even by today's standards,...

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Oct 2, 2015 - Gators!

Chama, NM In 1977, Erwin and Lynne Young purchased 80 acres on which they started a farm to grow tilapia and African perch. The farm includes a geothermal well that is used to keep the water at a temperature appropriate for the fish (87°). In 1987, they purchased 100 1-year old alligators to help dispose of dead fish and the remains of filleted fish. Those baby alligators grew quickly in the warm water and locals wanted to see them, so the farm opened to the public in 1990. Individuals with overgrown alligators and other reptiles such as...

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