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United Campground - Durango Live Webcam

This is durangojim.com. In conjunction with Durango RV United Campgrounds of  Durango, Colorado presents its new Live Steam Train Webcam.

Each morning, the Durango & Silverton Railroad's live steam train will move from lower-right to upper-left, along its railroad tracks. Late each afternoon, the same train will return, moving from left to right toward the webcam location.


Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Even if there is no live steam train moving across your screen, please enjoy a beautiful view  of the Upper Animas River Valley, In the background of the image are the 9000 foot mountains of the San Juan National Forest. To see the Google Earth location of the Live Steam Train Webcam, click here. The United Campgrounds Live Steam Train Webcam originates on the north side of the small rectangular building shown at the center of the Google Maps image.

Who is Durango JIm?

In 2006, I visited Durango, Colorado, with plans to live there in my RV there for the summer. So much has changed in the past seven years; it is difficult to remember how rudimentary our access to wireless data was back then.

My first choice in Durango RV parks was the United Campgrounds, Durango, located in the Upper Animas Valley. The place had it a... mountain and valley views and the Animas River running to the rear of the property. Most exciting of all, the Durango & Silverton Railroad right-of-way ran right through the RV Park.

In those days, wireless data plans were of the 2-G era, which meant slow and spotty communications, if any at all. While surveying the RV Park, I realized that the AT&T wireless signal did not penetrate well into their low-lying terrain. At the time, there was no Wi-Fi at the United Campgrounds RV Park.

That summer, I had to settle for a place far south of town. The RV Park there had no cable TV, no Wi-Fi, but did have DSL available from the local telephone company. The DSL data plan was expensive and unreliable, but it did allow me to conduct business from my coach.

When I returned to United Campgrounds in 2013, things had changed. Owners Tim and Sheri Holt had installed a high-powered Wi-Fi system throughout the RV Park. In addition, cellular telephone service and 4-G wireless data from AT&T worked well there. Even the cable TV worked flawlessly.

Their new Wi-Fi system allowed us to collaborate with United Campgrounds, Durango Colorado to bring you the first ever "Live Steam Train Webcam", which you will see above. If you are looking for the most beautiful setting and all the current digital technology, we suggest you look no further than United Campgrounds, for your own place in Durango.

See you there in 2017.