(Chama NM)
Visited Chama mainly to see the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad. It was raining, so I didn’t stay for long. Just enough to get a couple of photos.

Yellow train station

Chama Depot

The train was originally used to haul ore from the mines in southern Colorado. But, now it takes tourists on that route. It has narrow gage track and uses steam engines.

Train engines with steam rising

Cumbres & Toltec RR Engines

I walked around the old town area a bit, and saw a few shops and cafés, and a historic hotel with saloon. There was a park, and some other things to see. I’m sure it would have been enjoyable on a sunny day.

River winding toward the mountains

Rio Chama

Huge cliffs in the distance

Brazos Cliffs

Got caught up with email, and did some internet work. Then headed out to find a campsite. Near Los Ojos, I settled into a spot at Heron Lake State Park. My site overlooked the lake with an island, and a mesa in the distance.

Lake with distant mesa and evening clouds

Heron Lake

Mesas jutting up on other side of a lake

El Vado Lake

After a couple of days, I moved down to nearby El Vado Lake State Park. These were nice camps with picnic table, fire-ring, grill, and restrooms. Since I have solar, I chose non-electric sites. With my New Mexico Annual Camping Pass, they were free.

Camp: Heron Lake SP-Salmon Run CG, El Vado Lake SP-Elk Run CG
Scene: Train, lakes, river, mesas

6 Responses to Chama

  1. Dizzy-Dick October 13, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    That is a part of New Mexico that I have not been to. Thanks for the pictures, they are great.

    • Pleinguy October 13, 2014 at 1:09 am #

      There’s some nifty scenery; I’ll need to explore the area some more. Glad you enjoyed the pics.

  2. Ted October 13, 2014 at 2:18 am #

    Salmon Run is my favorite at Heron; your El Vado site’s view looks very familiar and I’ve probably stayed in it.

    Getting a little too cold for the Chama area, however. I think I always rolled on to warmer places by the end of September.

    • Pleinguy October 13, 2014 at 4:05 am #

      I enjoyed both Heron and El Vado. I’m about a month behind on my posts again; so, I am further south now.

  3. Rishi October 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Mr. Johnson,
    Great pictures and scenery Thanks for sharing – a lot to see what God had created
    be safe

    • Pleinguy October 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

      I love experiencing His creations; it gives me peace. Nice to hear from you Rishi. Say hi to all for me.

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