Trains, Trains, Trains
From the AppleLodge you have four choices of scenic trains to ride. The closest one is the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad that leaves from Alamosa, just thirty minutes from our door. The train takes you over La Veta pass into a majestic valley in the shadow of Colorado’s Spanish Peaks. The ride is a great day trip with a stop-over to eat lunch and do a little shopping in the quaint and beautiful town of La Veta. It returns in time to eat dinner at one of many restuarants in either Alamosa or Monte Vista on your way back to the AppleLodge.
Another train ride, the Cumbres Toltec, leaves Antonito, 1 hour away, and goes over two mountain passes and into New Mexico. We recomend staying the night in Chama, NM and returning the next day. There are many fine B&B’s in Chama that we can recommend and we would be glad to help you make plans for staying at the AppleLodge on either or both ends of this trip.
There is also a very quaint up close and personal train ride out of South Fork 15 minutes awaycalled the Denver Rio Grande. It is a small 12 passenger open air car that follows the Rio Grande River almost to Creede. It is a real treat, especially when the leaves are changing in the fall.
The fourth train ride available in Southern Colorado is the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. It starts in Durango which is two hours away from the AppleLodge. This train is one of the most popular and most scenic in the state. It stops in the old mining town of Silverton with enough time to eat lunch and shop then returns to Durango. It makes for a long day so we recomend spending the night in Durango afterward.
If your looking for a real adventure you can plan to use the AppleLodge as your hub for four trains, the Great Sand Dunes, several Hot Springs, and more. There are many different ways to put together a train and Nat’l Park, and Hot Springs vacation in beautiful Southern Colorado. Give us a call at the AppleLodge Bed & Breakfast and Group Lodge (1-719-657-2543) and we will gladly help you make those plans.