Denver & Rio Grande Western
Colorado (Gore Canyon)
June 14, 1984

When it comes to scenery, words become inadequate to describe Gore Canyon, located on the Denver & Rio Grande Western's Moffat Tunnel line between Kremmling and Radium, Colorado. Unlike most of the Colorado River canyons in Colorado, this one is so narrow and steep that only the railroad traverses it—construction of a highway would have been prohibitively expensive. Here seen from the rear of Amtrak's westbound combined California Zephyr/Pioneer/Desert Wind is one of the more inaccessible parts of the canyon. It does see a certain amount of rafting traffic, however.

Incidentally, 1984 marked another important milestone in the life of the Denver & Rio Grande Western, as in November it would be purchased by the Anschutz Corporation. In four years the Anschutz-owned Rio Grande would in turn purchase the Southern Pacific Railroad and adopt its corporate name in place of its own (due to what was perceived as greater public recognition of the SP name).

This page posted 5/1/2018; revised 5/1/2019. Text and photo ©2018 Lamont Downs.