(Chama NM to Antonito CO)
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR provided some terrific mountain scenery, rock formations, a river and creeks, a forest of pines and aspens, cattle, and a deep gorge. The slow pace of the train allowed for plenty of time to take in the wonderful views.
The route paralleled the Río de los Piños, and we crossed over it a few times. Shortly after leaving Cumbres CO we passed a herd of cattle grazing by the river. It didn’t look like mountains at that point because we were already near the top at almost 10,000ft.
There were lots of canyons, cliffs, rock formations, and of course the very impressive Toltec Gorge. Rolling along the rim of the gorge, and leaning out the window of the train to get photos, made for an exciting experience.
The views of the beautiful scenery through the mountains made for a really enjoyable time. I’m so glad I finally took a ride on this historic narrow gauge steam train.
Camp: Heron Lake SP-W Brushy Point drycamp
Scene: Mountains, river, gorge, rock formations