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Tracks Across Borders, CO

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Distance One Way 125 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,487 feet
Interest Historic, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
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34  2014-09-25
Ophir to Silverton & Beyond
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Animas City Mountain
2.5 mi away
5.9 mi
1,555 ft
Animas River Trail ( ART ) - Durango
3.5 mi away
7.2 mi
215 ft
Logchutes 2 Trail
5.1 mi away
3.1 mi
381 ft
Logchutes 1 Trail
5.1 mi away
4.8 mi
847 ft
Logchutes 3 Trail
5.2 mi away
3.8 mi
705 ft
Dry Fork Trail #616
5.3 mi away
3.9 mi
1,206 ft
Hoffheins Connection
5.9 mi away
1.2 mi
414 ft
Animas Overlook Trail
6.8 mi away
Haflin Creek Trail #557
7.3 mi away
3.9 mi
2,879 ft
Missionary Ridge Trail #543
7.7 mi away
6.3 mi
1,366 ft
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This is a very scenic and remote drive that follows the portion of the former Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Narrow Gauge San Juan Division line from Durango to Chama. This section of the historic railroad was abandoned in 1968, and the tracks removed by the early 1970s. Plenty of interesting railroad artifacts survive however; no doubt one of the reasons the states of Colorado and New Mexico have designated it as a scenic byway. Once you drive past Arboles and pick up the dirt roads, the real fun begins. Some great artifacts including truss bridges, water tanks, and at Pagosa Junction (Gato) a section of track and an old gondola car remain. The roads follow the line very closely in this part, at times even on the former right of way. You are following the San Juan River for a long stretch to add to the beauty. Much of the drive is through the Southern Ute and Jicarilla Apache Nations. The side trip to Chimney Rock National Monument is included in the byway designation.

Info and map: www.codot.gov/travel/scenic-byways/scenic-byways/tracks-across-borders

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    This drive starts in Durango, Colorado and ends at Chama, New Mexico. Paved roads until the turnoff onto Trujillo Road (#500) at north end of Navajo Reservoir. The rest of the way is on graded dirt roads, with a few sections that are a little rough and not recommended if wet (especially the Juanita Road #551 part as you near the New Mexico state line). Once at Dulce you are back to paved roads, with the finish to Chama on US 64.
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