You can make Corkins Lodge a part of your trip through the Southwest, or have us as a solo destination. Shown below are a few of the nearby attractions; visit a custom Google Map we've made which overlays all of these on a map of New Mexico/Colorado/Arizona.
Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
Nearby Chama features the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad: ride a steam locomotive for several hours or all day up into the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado. A group of railway preservationists and local civic interests saved this 3-foot gauge track - the last in the US to use steam locomotives in general freight service - in 1970
Less than an hour to the south is Ghost Ranch, home of Georgia O’Keefe. Its name derives from the many tales of ghosts and legends of hangings in the Ranch's history - a long one, since its 21,000 acres were part of a land grant from the King of Spain in 1766. Older yet are the many dinosaur bones from the Jurassic Period that have been found - some of which are on display here.
Ojo Caliente Hot Springs
A little farther to the southeast is Ojo Caliente Hot Springs. Ancient people, believed to be the ancestors of today’s Native American Tewa tribes, built large pueblos and terraced gardens overlooking the springs - a remarkable combination of four different types of mineral waters: lithium, iron, soda and arsenic, flowing at a rate of over 100,000 gallons a day.
Travel an hour-and-a-half north to Pagosa Springs and float the river, shop for authentic Western wear, visit their world-famous hot springs, or dine in style in the many restaurants and taverns in the historic center.
Continue a few hours farther west to Mesa Verde for a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings.
The Old West
Step back into the history of the Old West in Silverton (and Durango), historic silver and gold mining towns, and one of the highest towns in the United States, at 9,305 feet (2,836 m) above sea level. Today, Old Town Square invites you to browse shops filled with Old West charm and rare antiques. For a truly memorable vacation, ride the Durango-Narrow Gauge Railroad starting in Durango, then spend some time in Silverton reliving history.
Two hours south is Santa Fe, The City Different. There are arguably other cities as exotic as Santa Fe. Just not on this continent. It strikes you the first time you see The City Different. When city officials came up with that name early last century, they got it exactly right. For rarely does a place speak to so many people on so many levels.
Between AD 900 and 1150, Chaco Canyonwas a major center of culture for the Ancient Pueblo Peoples. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s located in the arid and sparsely populated Four Corners region, about 3-1/2 hours from Chama - but worth every minute of the drive.
Canyon de Chelly
In use for over 4,500 years, Canyon de Chelly is unlike other NPS sites it is almost entirely owned and administered by the Navajo Nation, who still inhabit and cultivate the valley floor. You must be accompanied by a park ranger or authorized guide to enter this extraordinary place.