Dragon Tales travel blog

At the station waiting to leave

Open cars would be very chilly

Inside our car

The station


Beautiful home along the tracks



Conductor collects tickets

River is calm

Train passing under highway

Mountain lake

Fairytale island dwelling on lake

We're climbing higher above the lake

Pine forests


We could easily touch the rock walls they are so close

The river far below

Much more turbulent here




Our engine chugs along the face of the mountain

River far below as engine rounds the turn

Steep drop . . . makes me dizzy

White Water

Through the gorge

Rocky drop

Narrow and Deep



Old cars on side rail

Aspen grove

Crossing river






Snowy Needle Mountain





Garfield Mountain


Nice walking bridge








Spring run off






River is calm again

Exiting train

Engine and coal car

Our Lunch spot

Looking out the window at lunch


Still in use!

Dirt streets

$1800 will buy this gorgeous outfit



Nice looking building

City Hall clock tower

Snow topped mountain surround

hmmmm, sorted past! LOL

Would love to see Dick on that bike

Ice Cream Parlor

Note the long sloped roofs


Mining remains

Narrow falls



Mystical Falls

Old Bridge

No longer in use

Tree Top Adventure platform

Swinging from tree to tree


Driving up

Stop at post office

Dick takes mail into post office

Wide dirt streets

Great Lunch spot

Our Train Pic, Dick is really happy!


Wonderful hand crafted leather bag I got at a shop in Silverton.

We took the historic steam train ride to Silverton, Co. This train has been in continuous operation since 1881. The tracks are only 3 feet apart to make it possible to cling to the canyon walls. It was once used to bring the silver and gold out of the mountains but soon became a scenic train and you can see why by the pictures. It was used in many movies including "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". It follows the Animas River through Royal Gorge and at some points the river is 400 feet below. Mining in Silverton stopped in the 1950's but in it's hay day Silverton had a population of 2000 people, two banks, 32 saloons and several hotels. Also had a bawdy red light district - the infamous Blair Street. When the gambling and ladies moved on many of the old saloons were used as movie sets including "Run for Cover", "Across the Wide Missouri" and "True Grit".

Today it is noted for it's Ski area and of course the 140,000 train passengers that visit each year.

We enjoyed visiting by train and also went back up in our car to explore further.

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