Chama, NM – May 28 (Pre-Cumbres & Toltec Railroad)

We drove from Durango heading generally east along the southern edge of Colorado. We stopped at Pagosa Springs to look at their natural hot springs. 


We dipped down into northern New Mexico. We crossed over the continental divide.


We stopped in Chama, NM at the Visitor Information center. They had restrooms, wifi and a convenient place for lunch.  It turns out that Chama also has a narrow gauge steam railroad. We decided to visit the train station. We were invited to walk around the train yard and were generally made to feel very welcome. After buying tickets to take the Cumbres & Toltec Narrow Gauge Railway in the morning. 

Cumbres and Toltec Narrow Gauge Railroad

We stayed at the Rio Chama RV Park which was only about a half mile from the train station. A number of the volunteers at the train stayed there and the campground was rough next to the railroad tracks and a nice river. There were lots of really great trees giving it a park-like atmosphere.

Rio Chama RV Park

The train came by the campground around 4:15. We hustled over to see it cross over the bridge. I didn’t have a chance to grab my camera, but it was very cool. We stood right on the embankment and felt the train shake the ground. 

Another couple had come over to watch the train also. We had met briefly at the train station.  While talking to them, it turns out Jim Todd & Carole Guilfoyle used to own Irish Wolfhounds and knew a lot of the same people that we did. It is a mighty small world. They were also taking the train tomorrow. 

Jon & I just hung out the rest of the day.  I watched Lewis woodpeckers and Ruby-throated hummingbirds. We had an early dinner and had a small campfire. We had planned in having a campfire for quite a while, but most places we stayed had a fire ban or it was too cold and/or windy. So we enjoyed sitting outside by the fire.


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