Four Wheeling Friends

In the midst of a Southwest heat wave friends Marty and Ann came to visit Durango from Pine Island.  We hit the ground running and within 48 hours we rode the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Silverton, had a great dinner at Cyprus Cafe and had an all day tour of the high country of the rugged San Juan Mountains above Silverton.  The train ride was spectacular as usual although Silverton was shrouded in smoke from the recent Weber Canyon fire near Mancos.  We were concerned about our four wheel drive tour the next day since visibility was so limited.

Animas River Gorge

Smoky Sunset

The Durango & Silverton Highline

Sunday dawned clear with a bright blue sky and we set off on our Mild to Wild 4WD tour with Shane our driver and guide.   We headed up Cement Creek Canyon North of Silverton.  Then past the old mines of Gladstone, the new Silverton Ski area, California Pass at near 13000 feet, then down California Gulch, the headwaters of the Animas River to the ghost town of Animas Forks and the old mining communities of Minnie Gulch, Eureka and Howardsville.  Our flat land friends did great considering they had traveled from 5 feet above sea level to 13000 in a little over a day.  The high country of Colorado is a experience not to be missed.

4 @ 13000 feet

Four Wheeling Friends

Red Mountain

California Gulch, headwaters of the Animas River

Ann & Di

Animas Forks

Above Treeline

Top of the San Juan Mountains

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7 Responses to Four Wheeling Friends

  1. Joe and Diane says:

    What next..Mt Everest? You guys just don’t stop! Have fun.


    • David Priest says:

      I need to get back for one last visit.Try the jeep road over to lake City.It’s spectacular


  2. Looks and sounds like everyone had a great day.


  3. Marty says:

    Our knuckles are no longer white and I can breathe again. Thanks to our great hosts!
    Marty and Ann


  4. Linda Davids. says:

    Your Smokey sunset photo is one of a kind, and panoramic of Mts. inviting. Happy trails. Lyn D.


  5. Wow – what scenery! (Perfect for playing with HDR?) The images are incredible. My favorites are the “Smoky Sunset” and the “Red Mountain”.


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