about 18 miles north of Durango,
Colorado, near an altitude of
8200 feet, has a Forest Service campground with 45 sites. Fifteen of those
sites have 30/50 amp electrical hookups. It’s a pretty little lake with, I am told, good fishing.
Saturday morning, we took a drive from the lake to Ouray, stopping in
Silverton, and driving down Forest Service road 585 to the South Mineral campground.
The picture below was taken between Coal
below was taken between Molas Pass
The next three
pictures were taken along Mineral Creek, which runs eastward into Silverton
before joining the Animas
below was taken at Molas Pass,
on September 9, 2006. The mountains got a dusting of snow down to around the
12,500 foot level overnight, which can happen any day of the year at those
altitudes. As one can see from the pictures, though, the trees were starting to
assume their fall colors.
known as “the Switzerland of America”, and looking at the peaks, one can
understand why. The drive up highway 550 from Durango to Ouray is well worth doing. At the
right time of the year, one can extend that drive to Ridgeway, then along
highway 62 to where it intersects to Colorado
145. From there, one can return to Durango by
going south past Telluride to the intersection with U.S. 160 at Cortez, then
east back to Durango.
That’s a loop of about 250 miles through lovely scenery, and in the fall has
great views of golden aspens.
that drive are forthcoming. Stay tuned!
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