Had a blast driving through the park and stopping at various points of interest. If you're in the area, dedicate a day to playing in the San Juan National Forest.
We had never been to southwest Colorado before, Wow! Stayed 5 nites at the Holiday Inn (new). Downtown Durango was great fun. Drove up to Silverton two separate days. One day we explored some back country mining roads around Silverton and also a short hike up to a lake. Another day we drove the "Loop", Silverton, Ouray, Ridgeway, Telluride and... More
Hiking in the San Juans is the best way to experience the beauty, silence and nature of the area. Carry some water, good shoes and an appreciation for the nature which has been preserved for us all.
Best way to see the forest is on the DSN&G steam train, especially if you want to get up close to the raging Animas River and the gorgeous scenery! We upgraded to first class parlor car, were able to spend most of time on back platform of rear car getting fantastic video and pictures and enjoying the fresh mountain air!... More
We were on the Harley's. It was beautiful. People in cars drive it like a mess of idiots with no concern for the motorcycles. Cutting in and out in a hurry! Relax people enjoy the journey and scenery.
There is only one word for this area., the mountains were shrouded in clouds., and snow covered. Cold, a little snow showers, the fall colors were outstanding., the Aspen was in it's glory! Drive carefully, enjoy the pull-off's., be sure to take your camera!!!! enjoy! bye!!!!!
Fall color is a major attraction in late Sep-Oct and we traveled from California specifically to take photos. Coming from the Eastern Sierras in California (Mt Whitney-Mono Lake-Yosemite country) where mountains and fall color are spectacular, we were still amazed at the mountains, the color, and the friendly people we found at every stop. Don't try to do the San... More
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