The tunnels on Chaffee County Road 371, north of Buena Vista,
were built to serve the Colorado Midland Railroad back in the day
when railways were the primary source of long-distance travel.
Although most of the historic railroads are gone, these tunnels remain.
Directions: Search for Chaffee County Road 371 Colorado
on Google maps and travel about 4-5 miles north of Buena Vista. Or ... from the
traffic light in the center of Buena Vista, go east on Main Street.
Make a left on N. Colorado Avenue and then take that out of town limits.
This road becomes Chaffee County Road 371 and drive approximately four to five miles to the tunnels.
Photos and commentary by Steve Garufi.