RGX 2011 - Trip Report

September 16 - September 26

Here is the Trip Report from our 2011 exploration of Narrow Gauge Country, Tennessee Pass, Phantom Canyon, and the South Park area. This was a long, satisfying trip through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery on the planet. Yet, I can't wait to get back up there!


My brother, Ben, was gracious enough to loan us his REALLY nice Canon 20D and expensive collection of lenses to compliment our Canon S3is. So, unlike previous trips, there are several instances where we have complimentary photos of subjects from different angles. This report has been a months-long labor of love and we hope that you enjoy it as much as we've enjoyed putting it together.


Please let me know if you find mistakes - RioGrandeDude  @ SmittysHouse.net

Day 1

Drive Day

Spring to Chama

Day 2

Chase to Cumbres

Moonlight Train to Osier

Day 3

Drive Day

Chama - Pagosa Spring - South Fork - Wagon Wheel Gap

Creede - Lake City - Gunnison - Sargents

Poncha Jct - Buena Vista - Leadville

Day 4

Tennessee Pass


Leadville, Colorado, and Southern Railroad


Day 5

Drive Day

Leadville - Fremont Pass - Breckenridge - Hoosier Pass

Fairplay - Como - Hartsel - Wilkerson Pass

Victor - Phantom Canyon - Caņon City - Salida - Poncha Jct

 Poncha Pass - San Luis Valley - Villa Grove - Alamosa

Day 6

Alamosa to Chama

Chase to Cumbres

Windy Point - Cumbres Loop

Night Photo Shoot on Cumbres Pass

Day 7

Photo Freight Charter to Osier

Night Photo Shoot in Chama

Day 8

Drive Day

Chama - Cumbres Pass - Pagosa Springs - Durango

Day 9

Chase Day

Durango - Rockwood - Silverton

Night Photo Shoot in Durango

Day 10

Fall Photographers Special

Durango - Silverton

Day 11

Drive Day

Durango to Spring