Sublette, New Mexico

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Sublette is an old railroad section town in northern Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, located north-east of Chama, just south of the Colorado state line and at milepost 306.1 of the former Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. It sits at an elevation of 9281 ft. in the San Juan Mountains.

Not to be confused with Sublette, Colorado, sometimes incorrectly named as the location of Sublette station.


The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad established Sublette in 1880 as a construction camp on its narrow gauge San Juan Branch. Once the line was completed the camp served as a section crew station town, a base for the crew that maintained the track for the railroad. Structures included a section house for the foreman and his family, two bunkhouses for the section crew, a coal bunker, a speeder shed and a water tower.

The D&RGW operated trains over the branch until 1967, then in 1970 the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad took over the abandoned track between Chama, NM and Antonito, CO to operate tourist trains in the Summer months. The Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec maintain the remaining structures in the interests of historic preservation. The water tower was dismantled in 1937, but trains still stop here to take water.

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  • Pearce, T.M. (editor) with Cassidy, Ina Sizer and Pearce, Helen S. (1965) "Sublette (Rio Arriba)" New Mexico Place Names; A Geographical Dictionary University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico, page 160

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Coordinates: 36°59′20″N 106°13′48″W / 36.98889°N 106.23000°W / 36.98889; -106.23000