A great, usually steam powered, standard gauge ride over a portion of the old Denver & Rio Grande railroad network which started as a narrow gauge and extended from Denver to Salt Lake City and Santa Fe, New Mexico with networks all over the Colorado mountains.
The ride starts in the flat lands of Alamosa but soon attacks La Veta Pass before reaching the the town of La Veta where a lunch stop is provided before return.
For the full story, see my photo essay, Steam Conquers La Veta Pass:
Steam Conquers La Veta Pass
A great train ride.
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is a standard gauge train that has journeys to several locations.
We chose the "San Luis Express", which runs between Alamosa and La Veta. Our train was powered by a steam locomotive. We traveled in the dome cars, which gave us incredible views of the countryside.
The railroad has recently purchased some dome cars from Alaska Railways. The price is higher than the standard railcars but the dome windows make the expense worthwhile.
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333 SANTA FE AVENUE, Alamosa, CO 81101
123 San Juan Avenue, , ALAMOSA, COLORADO 81101
The dunes are the tallest and highest in North America, standing at over 750 feet high and 8,000 feet above sea level.
The Great Sand Dunes National Monument was created by winds sweeping across the San Luis valley which deposited the sand at the base of the Sangre de Cristo range on the way through the Medino and Mosca passes.
Fondest memory: The visitor's center is open 9-6 daily. There are a few exhibits and a video about how the sand got here, but the main attraction is hiking the sand dunes.
For more info, visit www.nps.gov/grsa
The Great Sand Dunes National Monument, the Alligator Farm, talk to the old-timers at the corner gas station, and last but not least, visit my ranch during calving season.
Fondest memory: Dragging main street in Alamosa in my friends beat up Toyota.