The Stagecoach Ride


Near the small town of Mancos, Colorado, the Mancos Valley Stage Line provides short rides in replicas of old stagecoaches.  Their resident craftsman builds the coaches to the original specifications.  It sounded like great fun so we decided to give it a try.





They insisted we ride on top.  The inside seemed to be reserved for a writer and photographer doing a story on the commpany.  It was a difficult climb but you can't beat the view.





The road was a lot smoother than it would have been 150 years ago.  However, that does not mean that it was smooth.  Some of the potholes were big enough to get all four wheels into at the same time.





Someone had closed a gate across the road.  No one was sure why.  There had been horses in the pasture beyond the gate but the only one left there now was an old plug that didn't look like he could walk as far as the gate.






After a while the road began to narrow.  This section of road was called, strangely enough, "The Narrows".  They couldn't even blame the name on the Indians since they had just built the road themselves the year bebore.






The road wasn't too narrow.  There is at least a foot to spare on either side.  The driver did allow that it was a might more nervous in wet weather.




Out of The Narrows now and on the home stretch.




Near the stage barn was an old farm dating back to the late 1800s.  The silo shown here was built from a kit bought from a Sears-Roebuck catalog.  It is still being used.






The ride lasted about an hour and a half and was not expensive.  We had a great time and readily recommend it.