The second half of the day is primarily about Railfanning; our way, which is searching out remnants of railroad history…
As we pass through La Jara, CO we stop by the depot. When we were here in 2005 it was being used as the Town Hall but now it looks to be back in railroad usage. This was originally a D&RGW Passenger Depot.
We next head over to Antonito to check on the Ex-Conejos Depot that is endangered. The stone work makes this a unique building and is worth saving so I hope someone can obtain the funds and purpose to keep it from being lost to history.
Also here in Antonito is a historic hotel that belonged to the D&RGW that was built in 1890 and was called the Palace Hotel. Railroads of the past often owned destination hotels / resorts / ships to maximize their revenue.
As we head up over La Manga Pass (10,230ft) we stop at the Scenic Overlook on the eastern side; nice views!
We swung over to Cumbres Pass just to see what we might catch of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad but no trains in sight. I will take a photo of one of the large trestles near Los Pinos from afar.
Also get a photo of the Los Pinos Water Tank from a different location
One last photo for the day would be to get a nice shot of the Cumbres Pass Trestle that I had never gotten in the past.
That’s it for Day #4 of our nine day trip…