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Million Dollar Highway, new snow

September 24, 2013 1 comment

The name “million dollar highway” is justified by it’s extensive views.  This stretch through the gorge is challenging and potentially hazardous to drive; it is characterized by steep cliffs, narrow lanes, and a lack of guardrails; the ascent of Red Mountain Pass is marked with a number of hairpin curves used to gain elevation, and again, narrow lanes for traffic—many cut directly into the sides of mountains.

Yesterday we drove to Ouray (from Durango) and were amazed at the views.   It was enhanced with the first snow fall of the season, adding to the scenic wonders.  And also the aspen tree color changes….

The road was first constructed as a toll road in the 1880 by Otto Mears to connect several mining towns..  Now, it is a scenic wonder, but you better be prepared especially south bound…. travel south from Ouray to Silverton perches drivers on the vertiginous outside edge of the highway.  Apart from one nervous incident with an oncoming truck, it was a pleasant drive.

A pirated image, showing the road surface.

This shows the type of road.  There were worse sections, but no way to take a picture

New snow on the mountains

New snow on the mountains

Mt. Engineer, where we hiked four days ago

Mt. Engineer, where we hiked four days ago

This is where we started our hike four days ago

This is where we started our hike four days ago

Scenic vistas

Scenic vistas

Scenic vistas

Scenic vistas

Scenic vistas

Scenic vistas

Whew--- more scenic vistas

Whew— more scenic vistas

Snow covered evergreen trees

Snow covered evergreen trees

Fall colors are really starting to show

Fall colors are really starting to show

This waterfall is right in one of the sharp bends, and has an overlook to view it... scary!

This waterfall is right in one of the sharp bends, and has an overlook to look down it… scary!

Quite a waterfall, right next to the road

Quite a waterfall, right next to the road

The town of Ouray, CO

The town of Ouray, CO

Aspen trees in all their fall glory

Aspen trees in all their fall glory

My favorite scene

My favorite scene

Lake reflections

Lake reflections

Reflections and colors

Reflections and colors

Winter is right around the corner

Winter is right around the corner

La Sal Mountain colors

October 8, 2012 Leave a comment

We wanted to get some pictures of fall colors, after all, this is the peak time.  However, we found that most of the colors have come and gone on this side of the mountains.  We did find that there were colors on the other side of La Sal mountain.

So we drove over, much of it on gravel roads.  We even had to ford a creek!  We went all the way up to the 10,000 foot level at which point the “road” turned into a jeep trail.  Not for my little Honda!  But there was still lots of gold and yellow, but little reds.  But there were some nice spots.

Getting closer to the mountain

Aha! Colors are in sight!

The road takes you right through the aspen stands

Had to ford a small creek to get there

 

Even the leaf-less trees are attractive

More attractive stands

The “road” is getting smaller

And this is pretty well the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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