Off Roading


Yankee Girl Mine on Red Mountain

Last year on our Colorado road trip, we saw the Yankee Girl Mine from a distance but weren’t aware that there were off road trails to reach it. This year we had a plan. It pretty much consisted of going on every off road trail that looked like it led to Red Mountain and to see where it took us.
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Sneffels Ghost Town

We were bent on exploring as many ghost towns as possible on our 3rd day of our Telluride road trip. Armed with a book (Ghost Towns of Colorado by Philip Varney & John Drew) and GPS, we managed to explore plenty of abandoned buildings and drive through many questionable off road trails.

Our first ghost town of that day is the mining town of Sneffels, which I cannot think of without thinking of Mr. Snuffleupagus

Founded in 1875, this mining town peaked at a population of 2,000 between the 1880′s to early 1890′s. The town was named after Mount Sneffels, the mountain it lies on, which was named for the peak in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. The town of Sneffels, formerly called Porters, serviced the nearby Virginius Mine. This mine employed over 600 men and produced gold and silver worth $1 Billion today before it was closed. It was recently reopened by the Star Mining Company.
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Rockin’ the Rocky Mountains

This is part 2 of 4 of our Colorado Road Trip. Click here for Part 1.

As hiking enthusiasts, there was no way we were going to pass up on the opportunity to hike the trails of the Rocky Mountain Range –the problem was deciding which one to do in such a limited amount of time!  We settled on the Ice Lake Trail (map & GPS coordinates: N37 48.630, W107 46.588), mostly because of its proximity to the lodge we were staying at. It was a great decision: we found waterfalls, real trees, real lakes –all the things we can’t really find in Tucson!

Before heading to the trail, we stopped off at Molas Pass, where there is an absolutely beautiful view point of miles and miles of forest.

Molas Pass, Molas Lake, lookout view in Rocky Mountains, San Juan National Forest, Durango, Silverton, Colorado
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