Saturday, June 19, 2010

Wow! What an Experience! Durango-Silverton Railroad

In all of our travels we have been privileged to zoom by some beautiful places at 70 miles per hour. We have of regretted not taking time to stop and investigate many of the places we pass. One of the places we talk about most as we zoom through is Colorado. We have been here three times in the last 18 years and all of them were very quick trips through or in and out of the state. This year we finally planned a few days off in Colorado. The first thing we learned... a few days is not enough!

The last 3 days have been spent doing something I have always wanted to do. Since the first time I heard about the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad I have wanted to ride it. It travels through 45 miles of absolutely beautiful country. I posted a few pictures yesterday but I could not resist posting a bunch more this evening. Like most of the pictures I post on here these were taken with my iPhone so the quality isn't all that great but I think they turned out pretty good. I hope I haven't overdone the amount pictures.

I have also posted a few pictures of the trip from Colorado Springs to Durango and back. We left the BoggsMobile in the campground here and drove Mr. Cheap Jeep and after several 7% grades I am so glad we did. Wolf Creek Pass on Hwy 160 which we crossed going and coming goes up at 6% for over 10 curvy miles and then down the other side at 6% and 7% for over 8 curvy miles. The pass itself is about 10800 feet above sea level. We crossed it going and coming. That would have been a wild ride in the BoggsMobile. We saw lots of RVs but they were all taking it very easy and holding on very tight!

We drove to Durango through Pueblo, then West Hwy. 160 through Alamosa and Pagosa Springs on Thursday. We rode the train on Friday which is over 7 hours round trip. Today (Saturday) we came back through Pagosa Springs and Del Norte then North on Hwy. 285, then East on Hwy. 24. It was a long trip but so beautiful I can't describe it. We have been having trouble loading pictures on our regular website for weeks but when we resolve that we will post the pictures from Odie's camera there.

I hope you enjoy. Please leave a comment or drop me an email to let us know what you think.


On The Way to Durango, Colorado Hwy. 160 from about 9000 feet above sea level.

At The Station in Durango

The Beautiful Train Ride From Durango to Silverton and Back

Kelly Jo and Odie in Silverton, CO

These were taken from Wilkerson Pass (9500 feet above sea level) on Hwy. 24 on the way back to Colorado Springs

1 comment:

  1. It is absolutely beautiful there!! I will definitely have to show my FIL these pictures. :) So glad you all had a good time!


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