Durango to Alamosa

Started the day by heading back into the San Juan mountains to look at the fall colours. It’s colder today with a dusting of snow on the mountains. The fir and aspens look fantastically colourful against the snow.

We headed on through the San Juan Mountains and forest and Ute Reservation via Pagosa Springs to Charma in New Mexico

The towns seem much more affluent in the south compared to a lot of the places in Wyoming and Colorado we have driven through which surprises me.

Also surprising is the weather. I packed for cold weather in Yellowstone and it hit over 70 everyday, and now right down south in New Mexico it’s cold and snowing.

Charma is home to another steam railway and the steam looked fantastic in the cold air.

From Chama it was back over the mountain pass reaching just over 10,000 ft. Snowden is 3,560ft and Ben Nevis 4,409ft by way of comparison.

The last stop today was meant to be the Great Sand Dunes National Park which is famous for the shadows in the sand at sunset but in this weather it was just a load of wet sand.

Last leg of the journey looms.  Denver via Colorado Springs and the USAF Base.

markwarnes

Wales based photographer. Outdoors, nature, wildlife, travel

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