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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 7A

Canyons of the Ancients – National Monument

Canyons of the Ancients - National Monument

A new day and a new destination off the beaten path of most

Canyons of the Ancients – Lowry Pueblo

Canyons of the Ancients - Lowry PuebloCanyons of the Ancients - Lowry Pueblo

Canyons of the Ancients - Lowry PuebloCanyons of the Ancients - Lowry Pueblo

Canyons of the Ancients – Painted Hand Pueblo

Canyons of the Ancients - Painted Hand Pueblo

Canyons of the Ancients - Painted Hand PuebloCanyons of the Ancients - Painted Hand Pueblo

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 6D

Mesa Verde National Park – Continued

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Mesa Verde – Cedar Tree Tower

Mesa Verde - Far View SitesMesa Verde - Far View Sites

Mesa Verde – Far View Sites

Mesa Verde – Geologic OverlookMesa Verde - Geologic Overlook

Mesa Verde – Geologic Overlook

Mesa Verde - Mancos OverlookMesa Verde – Mancos Overlook

… and as Lisa jokes, I found some RR stuff even here!

Mesa Verde - Mancos OverlookMesa Verde - Mancos Overlook
Mesa Verde – Mancos Overlook

Mesa Verde - Leaving

 

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 6C

Mesa Verde National Park – Continued

Mesa Verde - Pithouses and PueblosMesa Verde - Pithouses and Pueblos

Mesa Verde – Pithouses and Pueblos

Mesa Verde - Mesa Top SitesMesa Verde - Mesa Top Sites

Mesa Verde – Mesa Top Sites

Mesa Verde - Sun Point PuebloMesa Verde - Sun Point Pueblo

Mesa Verde – Sun Point Pueblo

Mesa Verde - Sun Point ViewMesa Verde - Sun Point View

Mesa Verde – Sun Point View

Mesa Verde - Oak Tree HouseMesa Verde - Oak Tree House

Mesa Verde – Oak Tree House

Mesa Verde - Fire Temple and New Fire HouseMesa Verde - Fire Temple and New Fire House

Mesa Verde – Fire Temple and New Fire House

Mesa Verde - Cliff Palace ViewMesa Verde - Cliff Palace View

Mesa Verde – Cliff Palace View

 
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Posted by on 06/06/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 6B

Mesa Verde National Park – Continued

With our morning hike on Petroglyph Trail complete, we head into other areas of the park to take in the Overlooks and Road Side locations.  We were surprised on how few folks were at these locations.  Seems most visitors on this day were heading to catch their guided tours into the main ruins and didn’t leave enough time in their schedules to see the rest of the park

Mesa Verde – Cliff Palace

Mesa Verde - Cliff PalaceMesa Verde - Cliff Palace

Mesa Verde – Square Tower House Overlook

Mesa Verde - Square Tower House OverlookMesa Verde - Square Tower House Overlook

Mesa Verde – Navajo Canyon Overlook

Mesa Verde - Navajo Canyon OverlookMesa Verde - Navajo Canyon Overlook

Mesa Verde – House of Many Windows

Mesa Verde - House of Many WindowsMesa Verde - House of Many Windows

Mesa Verde – Hemenway House

Mesa Verde - Hemenway HouseMesa Verde - Hemenway House

Mesa Verde – Pithouse

Mesa Verde - PithouseMesa Verde - Pithouse

 
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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 6A

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde - Entrance

Today we head into Mesa Verde for a morning hike but will stop at a couple of overlooks…

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Mesas Verde - Park PointMesas Verde - Park Point

We will reach Spruce Tree House

Mesa Verde - Spruce Tree HouseMesa Verde - Spruce Tree House

Below here is the Trail Head to the Petroglyph Trail…

Mesa Verde - Petroglyph Trail

Besides going to see the wonderful Petroglyphs we also kept our eyes pealed for other less known ruins here in the park…

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After a long hike through an interesting hike we pass over the top and around Spruce Tree House back to where we started the hike

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 5B

As we continue our journeys we head up to Wolf Creek Pass (10,857 ft.)

Wolf Creek Pass

We had also planned a side trip up to Lobo Overlook but we were shocked to find the gate still closed

Lobo Overlook

So down the road we went to the Charles Stith Overlook 37 27.015 N / 106 53.353 W for some great views of the valley below and the interesting geology here as well.

Charles Stith OverlookCharles Stith Overlook

Our next stop is to hike up to Treasure Falls 37 26.553 N / 106 52.639 W

Treasure FallsTreasure Falls

Time for lunch so we pull into Pagosa Springs for a bite to eat…

Pagosa Springs

It’s time for some Railfanning and this time we are off to find the D&RGW Florida River Bridge 37 12.861 N / 107 44.851 W

Florida River Bridge (D&RGW)Florida River Bridge (D&RGW)

We then head for Durango where we heard a new Steam Engine is being setup and restored in the park; Emma Sweeney.  They are doing a great job and got a chance to talk to the team for a bit while I was there…

Emma SweeneyEmma Sweeney

Time to head over to Mesa Verde National Park to get info on our planned morning hike.  This is also our first time to see the new Visitor Center..  Much larger and modern then the old one…

Mesa Verde National ParkMesa Verde National Park

 

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 5A

As we start off our fifth day of our vacation I stop at a gas station in Monte Vista and I am shocked to see a train station where one should not be.  See, the Monte Vista depot is gone yet it looks to be right there where it once was.  Well, after some research, I had to laugh.  See, in 1953 Bob Richardson and Carl Helfin built a replica of the Rio Grande Southern’s Mancos depot for the Narrow Gauge Museum & Motel south of Alamosa.  That depot is also very similar to the one that was once here in Monte Vista.  When Bob moved the Narrow Gauge Museum to Golden in 1958, the building remained at the Narrow Gauge Motel. Sometime later, it was moved to Cole Park in Alamosa and was used as their County Chamber of Commerce building.  The city of Alamosa since decided to do an expansion of the municipal buildings at Cole Park and the depot building was in the way. SLRG purchased the building for use in Monte Vista.  Here is a historic photo postcard of the original Monte Vista Depots (Freight & Passenger) along with the photo I took of depot that now stands here today.

Monte Vista, COMonte Vista, CO

I will also get shots of RAMPART RANGE CORPORATION RRBX #2095

RRBX #2095

and of AMERICAN RAILCAR LEASING, INC. SHPX #203212 tankers

SHPX #203212

Next stop is Del Norte, CO where we track down the D&RGW Depot

Del Norte, CO - D&RGW Depot

Also here in town is Denver and Rio Grande Western Caboose #0580

D&RGW #0580 Caboose

As we head into South Fork for our next two historic structures we spot a Railfan opportunity and stop for a few photos.  We find Santa Fe Passenger Car #36, a diesel engine labeled White Satin / Brighten with what looks to be NO-1, and a old Seaboard Coast Line Passenger Car now labeled PPCX #6401.

Santa Fe #36White Satin Brighton NO-1Seaboard Coast Line / PPCX #6401

Across from them is our first historic structure we were searching for; the South Fork D&RGW Water Tank.

South Fork, CO - Water Tank

Our other historic structure we had on our search list was the D&RGW Depot of South Fork, CO

South Fork Depot - D&RGW

Today this is also used as a tourist line but they are closed so we will make plans to return here someday.  But, that didn’t stop me from taking a few photos include one of the Hy-Rail truck of the new D&RG Railway labeled the Wagon Wheel Gap Route ( South Fork / Creede )

DRG-002 / Denver & Rio Grande Railway Wagon Wheel Gap Route South Fork to CreedeNot a bad start to our day!

 

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