Antonito - South Central Colorado

Includes Conejos, Mogote

 

Experience Antonito, Conejos, and Mogote, Colorado

Antonito, Colorado was formed, like many other Colorado towns, from the railroad; specifically because the town of Conejos did not want a Denver & Rio Grande Railroad train depot. In 1883, the station was built and it began operating. Conejos, a small town a few miles north, was established before Antonito from a group of families banding together in search of a land grant from the Mexican Government. They received it and pledged to never abandon the land and to cultivate it.

The southern San Luis Valley city of Antonito is rich in culture and history from the Ute Indians and the settlers who called the valley their home. Antonito lies between the Conejos and the San Antonio rivers at an elevation of 7,888 feet and is the gateway to the beautiful, 40-mile Conejos River Canyon. Here is where outdoor enthusiasts love to fish, hunt, and hike.

The Conejos River offers excellent Trout fishing (Rainbows and Browns) and the occasional Northern Pike. The Platoro Reservoir has wonderful fishing for Brown and Rainbow Trout and some Kokanee Salmon after the spring thaw, and is stocked with Rainbow Trout in the summer. No matter the river or lake, fishermen will always have something biting their line.

The Cumbres and Toltec Train in front of water tower, Colorado Vacation Directory
The Cumbres and Toltec Train traveling between Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico
Conejos River, Colorado Vacation Directory
The Conejos River is a Great Place to Go Fly Fishing
Spend Some Time Exploring all this River Has to Offer

 

Antonito is home to many past and present railroad lines. It was once the "main line" of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, but today, Antonito is the main station for the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. It is an authentic trip south to Chama, New Mexico that brings Colorado history to the present day. North of Antonito, you can catch the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad towards Alamosa.

For winter enthusiasts, try snowmobiling over Cumbres Pass. There is a bit of a drive to get there but well worth the time, 36 miles west of Antonito along Highway 17 passing through Mogote. Years ago, animals, Native Americans, and settlers crossed over this 10,000 foot pass but today, snowmobilers are given free reign during the winter and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad uses it during the spring and summer months.

Lady of Guadeloupe Church, Colorado Vacation Directory
Visit Colorado's Oldest Church, Our Lady of Guadelupe
Snowmobiling in the San Luis Valley, Colorado Vacation Directory
Snowmobiling is a Fun Way to Explore the San Luis Valley

 

Some other historical things to see nearby: the oldest church in Colorado, Our Lady of Guadelupe Church located in Conejos, the Jack Dempsey Museum in Manassa, Colorado, 9.5 miles north of Antonito. Both of these places are along the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway. This byway starts up in Alamosa and travels through small towns, over rivers, and past railroads giving you a layout of the area you wouldn't normally see. It is a wonderful way to explore the area.

Antonito, Conejos, and Mogote, Colorado Driving Directions and Location

Antonito is located 6 miles north of the Colorado-New Mexico border along Highway 285 and 149 miles southwest of Pueblo along Interstate-25 and Highways 160 and 285.

Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by the San Luis Valley Regional Airport 27 miles north of Antonito. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements.

Antonito is near: Alamosa & Platoro, Colorado & Chama, NM

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Premium Antonito Businesses

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
America's Highest and Longest Narrow Gauge Railroad; 64 miles of wild, scenic, and rugged National Forest. A 19th Century Railroad Operating in the 21st Century between Colorado and New Mexico.

Scenic Byways Attractions More fun things to do 


Conejos County Tourism  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
The San Luis Valley is Colorado's southern playground. Your family will have fun watching wildlife, experiencing the outdoor, discovering our heritage. Year-round adventures await you in Conejos County!

Scenic Byways Attractions More fun things to do 


Mogote Meadow Cabins & RV Park  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
On 7 acres of green lawns and shade trees: modern cabins, spacious camp-sites (RV and Tent). Mogote Meadow Park: 5 miles west of Antonito in the Conejos Canyon with trout fishing. Pets Allowed.

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Featured Antonito Businesses

Conejos Canyon River Ranch  link to Colorado vacation
The Conejos River runs thru this 1894 ranch in the Rio Grande National Forest west of Antonito. Cabins with kitchens. Breakfast lodge rooms. Canyon hikes. Ranch animals: goats, donkeys, horses, sheep.

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Conejos County Tourism  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
The San Luis Valley is Colorado's southern playground. Your family will have fun watching wildlife, experiencing the outdoor, discovering our heritage. Year-round adventures await you in Conejos County!

Scenic Byways Attractions More fun things to do 


Conejos Hunting Fishing Cabin offered by D'elegante Vacation Rentals  Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
Secluded modern cabin with the feel of a hunting and fishing lodge near Antonito. Explore Rio Grande National Forest. Fish the Conejos River. The master bedroom has a jetted soaking tub. Fireplace, WI-FI.

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Conejos River Anglers & Cabins  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Southern Colorado's Premier Fly Fishing Destination: Fish our private section of Conejos River with a professional guide or by yourself. 5 miles west of Antonito. 2-bedroom cabins with full kitchen and WI-FI.

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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
America's Highest and Longest Narrow Gauge Railroad; 64 miles of wild, scenic, and rugged National Forest. A 19th Century Railroad Operating in the 21st Century between Colorado and New Mexico.

Scenic Byways Attractions More fun things to do 


Gandy Dancer Inn Bed & Breakfast  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
Experience the charm and serenity of Chama, New Mexico; Gandy Dancer is a Victorian Bed and Breakfast with award winning full hot breakfasts. Romantic Inn dinners with advance reservations.

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Mogote Meadow Cabins & RV Park  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
On 7 acres of green lawns and shade trees: modern cabins, spacious camp-sites (RV and Tent). Mogote Meadow Park: 5 miles west of Antonito in the Conejos Canyon with trout fishing. Pets Allowed.

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Narrow Gauge RR Inn & RV Park  link to Colorado vacation
Train riders, hunters & fishermen welcome! In Antonito, CO a short walk to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Narrow Gauge Railroad Depot. WE SELL TICKETS! Motel rooms & RV park with full hookups. WI-FI Free.

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Rio Chama RV Park  Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Watch the TRAIN as it steams over the bridge by our campground. BIG RIGS welcome: 60 foot drive-thru sites! Camp in shade along the Chama River in Chama, New Mexico along scenic Highway 17. WI-FI!

Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts Pets Welcome Scenic Byways Fishing 


Twin Rivers Cabins and RV Park  link to Colorado vacation
5 miles West of Antonito and the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad depot along the Conejos River. Small, medium, and large mountain cabins. 12-acre meadow for RVs & tents. Great for small family reunions!

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For more travel information contact:

Antonito Activities and Maps

Scenic Byways:
Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Snowmobiling:
Cumbres Pass Snowmobile Trails

Local Area Maps:
San Luis Valley Area Map


 
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