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To The Old Ore Terminal
1 Beginning the Hike
2 The sign at the Trail Head
3 Walking Up the Wash
4 The Last Trail Sign
5 Starting the Trail
6 Looking Back over the Rio Grande Flood Plain

7 First Ore Bucket

8 Walking up and Down Hills
9 Heartbreak Hills
10 The Last Standing Tower
11 View from Last Standing Tower
12 Looking Back Where You Came

13 The View to Boquillas

14 First View of the Old Ore Terminal
15 Old Ore Terminal!
Hiking Back
16 The Last Tower
17 Trail Heading Away
18 Pretty View
19 Water
20 Post Hike
20 - Post Hike, Looking Down the Aerial Tramway
3:55 pm
64 ft <-- -->

Once you get off the trail, you may want to try the hot springs . Guide books can tell you how to drive there.

However, if you drive a little further on down the road on the way to Boquillas Canyon , you'll see an exhibit on the side of the road which tells the story of the Old Ore Terminal. The exhibit invites you to cross the road and hike up the little hill to where the first tower on the US side stood.

This shot is from where that first tower stood, looking in the direction of the Old Ore Terminal. If we assume the cable fell straight down, then it should be pointing directly towards the terminal. Here, you can see it points over that hill in the distance, which I guess is the south side of the canyon.

Look how lush it looks at a distance. When I stood at this first tower and looked towards the terminal, I think I got a glimpse of what those guys where thinking when they said, “Yeah, we can do this.” From here, with these great distances, in February, the terrain seems almost gentle, the vegitation, almost lush. Standing here, it doesn't seem so daunting. So maybe, they got in over the heads, but had the guts to stick with the project. Hopefully more research can give us these answers….and more.


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