Monday, December 20, 2010

Keeping Strictly to the Straight and Narrow in Durango, CO

A couple of years ago I traveled to Southern Colorado that proved to be one of my most memorable and productive photo trips. It would open the door for further exploration to the American Southwest and begin a lifelong love of photographing this magical part of the world.

In the charming city of Durango a great trip I would recommend to anyone would be the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train ride. This spectacular train ride will take you through some beautiful forests and breathtaking canyons. Make sure you bring enough memory cards (or film) because the final destination takes to the photogenic historic mining town of Silverton.

Quick tips: Sit on the right hand side in one of the open box cars toward the end (this is for the train departing from Durango). The only downside is that you may get cold (layer properly) and get soot all over your clothes from the locomotive’s smokestack. Also, you have the option to take the train for the return trip to Durango or take a bus. I took the bus because it was much quicker (keep in mind the train trip from Durango to Silverton is very slow for scenic purposes (over three hours). With the extra time saved I was able to squeeze in an hour or so of camera time at nearby Mesa Verde National Park.

Now living in the Midwest I yearn for a return trip to the Southwest to photograph iconic landmarks and discover new ones.

Happy Travels!

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