Antonito to Chama Scenic Drive

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Antonito to Chama Scenic Drive is a 46.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Antonito, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 46.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3,730 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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Starting in Antonito, CO, the road travels west and follows the Conejos river for about half the distance. Then it climbs up towards Cumbres Pass and goes by many creeks and streams to stop if you enjoy fishing. You will begin to see the Toltec railroad tracks as they start to follow this last section. The Toltec is a popular train trip between the same two towns on a narrow gauge railway with steam locomotives. Once over the passes, it descends to Chama, NM with a beautiful countryside all along the area. If you're lucky, you may catch the train leaving Chama and chugging uphill out of town. If you are ever in south central Colorado, this is a nice easy drive covering some beautiful terrain in southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Well worth the extra miles to get back to Santa Fe and eventually I-25.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

We just did this drive this past June (2017) and it was well worth the extra miles to get back to Santa Fe and eventually I-25. Starting in Antonito, CO, the road travels west and follows the Conejos river for about half the distance of this trip. Lots of places to stop and wet a line if you enjoy fishing. Then it climbs up towards Cumbres Pass and goes past many more creeks and streams. You will begin to see the Toltec railroad tracks start to follow this last section now too. That is a popular train trip between the same two towns on a narrow gauge railway, and steam locomotives. This road would be awesome in the fall as there are many large stands of aspens along it. Once over the passes, then it descends to Chama, NM. Really nice country side all along here, and if you're lucky, you may catch the train leaving Chama and chugging uphill out of town. We were lucky enough to have this happen that day. Just look for the smoke from the train and find a place to pull over and watch!! If ever in south central Colorado, this is a nice easy drive covering some nice terrain in southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico.

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