Taos RV Road Trips Chama Rail Adventure

This is a grea RV road trip. Fantastic scenery, reasonable driving time and a rail journey on the Chama steam locomotive. Why not?! Distance: 180 miles drive and a 64 mile train ride Driving Time to Chama (Cumbres & Toltec depot) is about 2-1/2 hours Driving Time to Antonito (Cumbres & Toltec depot): 1-1/2 hours Route: From Taos Plaza, Hwy. 64 west to Tierra Amarilla; Hwy. 84 north to Chama; Hwy. 84 south to Tierra Amarilla; Hwy. 64 east to Taos. Travel west across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System. The bridge is a three-span steel continuous-deck-truss structure with a concrete-filled steel-grid deck. It was called the "bridge to nowhere" while it was being built because the funding did not exist to continue the road on the other side. Continue to Tres Piedras - see if you can locate the three rocks this little town is named for - and through the Brazos Mountains. Stop at the Brazos Overlook for an inspiring view of the Brazos Cliffs. Continue down into the Chama Valley and detour west at Los Ojos to Tierra Wools, a spinning and weaving cooperative that sells the wool products of the valley. The Chama Valley offers extensive outdoor opportunities such as cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fishing and hunting, but the star attraction is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, which operates daily from June to October. This historic narrow gauge train gives passengers an authentic example of railroading in the 1880s. The steam train winds its way through 64 miles of mountain scenery from Chama, New Mexico to Antonito, Colorado, traveling through the 10,022-foot-high Cumbres Pass and the 1,100-foot-deep Toltec Gorge. While half-way trips are available from both depots at Chama, NM and Antonito, CO, Taos visitors can easily enjoy the full-day trip by driving to Antonito, riding the train to Chama and returning to Antonito by bus provided by the railroad. A homemade, hot lunch is available midway at Osier, CO. Check out the web site at www.cumbrestoltec.com Also, get a free Taos tour guide at www.taosguide4.com

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Tags: Adventure, Chama, Mexico, New, RV, Rail, Road, Taos, Trips

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