The little town of Antonito lies just north of the Colorado/New Mexico border, on the Colorado side. When I’ve headed down that way, I’ve stayed a few times at the Indiana Jones Bed and Breakfast. On this road trip in October 2022, I spent a night there on the way down and the way back. It’s a convenient distance for an overnight stop and a welcoming one. The little house, full of posters and memorabilia from the movies, is run by a friendly woman who makes a great breakfast. You’ve probably seen the house before. It’s the one filmed in the Last Crusade movie, where Indy lived as a boy, played by River Phoenix, with his stern father, portrayed by Sean Connery.
Most of the murals in the town center were painted by Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein.
I haven’t spent much time in the town, aside from dinner and lodging, just passing through. But I always stop by the train station on my way out of town. The historic steam Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad takes all day to chug up the mountains to Chama, New Mexico, another small town, and back. I usually get there as the locomotive spouts its head of steam, drifting high into the blue sky. The train chase scene from Indiana Jones’ childhood was filmed on the Cumbres & Toltec line.
Along the road home
I drove over Guanella Pass, a familiar route. The pass reaches south, starting (or on this day ending, going north) at my little mountain town. One of my favorite regular hiking trails, at Silverdale, once a mining and mill town, is just a few minutes up that road. Mount Bierstadt, one of Colorado’s fifty-two peaks over 14,000 feet, at 14,065, which I climbed in my younger days, graces the highest point of the pass. Hikers and tourists’ cars overflowed the parking areas as usual. The peak had a soft layer of snow in October.
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