Monday, October 17, 2011

A VISIT TO OURAY AND SILVERTON


We got ourselves organized then left about 9:30 heading for Ouray, CO.  We made a few photo stops along the way and it was lunch time by the time we got to Ouray and 3.5 miles up the Sneffels road.  We turned around since the mountains were in cloud.  We had lunch in a slight wide spot but ate in the car since it was so cold outside.  It was 7C but very windy. 
After lunch we headed for Silverton.  Red Mountain Pass (11,091 feet) was great scenery and I have to say rivaled the Canadian Rockies in wow! factor.  It was partly overcast on the way but great on the return.  The Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Steam Train was in Silverton when we arrived but it was in a horribly ugly location.  I walked down Main Street Silverton taking pictures while Aileen followed along with the car.  It was nice to have shuttle service today. 
As we were returning through the Dallas Divide, the lighting and colour were excellent so I had to stop for more pictures.  I was surprised just how much colour was still out there on today’s trip.  I had thought the leaves could be done already.  We managed to get home by 5:30 after 313 kms (196 miles).

Ridgeway, CO

Looking down the Sneffels Rd

Ouray overlook

South of Ouray

The Durango-Silverton steam train

Pink BBQ

Main Street Silverton, note the off road taxi

Thar's iron in them hills

Heading up to Red Mountain Pass

One of the many old mines


The next four images are of Dallas Divide west of Ridgeway, CO