Monday, October 19

Riding The Rails

Yesterday we drove the 35 miles from last nights campground in Mesa Verde National Park into Durango so we could catch the train. The Denver & Rio Grande Railway (a narrow gauge system) started hauling both passengers and freight in July of 1882 between Durango and Silverton, Colorado. From the very beginning, the railroad was promoted as a scenic route for passenger service although the line was constructed primarily to haul mine ores, both gold and silver. Today's train hauls mainly tourists, has been designated a National Historic Landmark, and has been in continuous operation for 133 years. A long but enjoyable day.

We splurged and had a nice enclosed car with a narrator - good decision, it was a bit chilly