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Posted by MidlandMike
on Wednesday, March 02, 2016 9:57 PM
Durango is a popular tourist town, and my wife would liked to have spent more time there. If you are going to Durango, you should stop at Chama, NM, for the C&TS. While Durango's yard has been rebuilt for mass tourist operation, the Chama yard is just as it has been for the last century. C&TS is always on a precarious financial footing, so I would not delay. On the other side of Durango (on the former RGS) is Telluride, which is very scenic, historic, and hip. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP is definatly worth the short trip off US 50. Gunnison has a historical park on the south side of the highway on the east side of town, that has narrow gauge equipment and artifacts. Two other towns not to miss are Leadville, and nearby Minturn, which is the last of the railroad towns on the out-of-service Tennessee Pass line, which may soon be over-run by Vail. Leadville also has a tourist train. Other options are the Georgetown Loop line, the Manitou & Pikes Peak cog railroad, the Royal Gorge line, and the Rio Grande Scenic. The best museum is the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, near Denver. Of course Denver is a great city, with light rail lines.