While we were parked at Durango, Max led us on a terrific 4WD trip. It started from Silverton. The aspen leaves are turning yellow quickly - we noticed a big difference from when we were there on the train just a few days ago.
That's Silverton down in the valley.
As we started up towards our first pass, we saw many old mines. This one was in a beautiful setting, and there was a campground right across the street.
We saw lots of waterfalls. Probably not as much water as usual because Colorado is having a drought this summer.
An old dam.
We soon arrived in the ghost town of Animas Forks. Founded in 1880, it was a ghost town by the 1920s when the mine closed.
This house must have belonged to the owner. You can still wander through it, just be careful of the holes in the floor.
It amazes me that these buildings are still standing.
Further down the road, we came upon the Frisco Mill/Mine.
It appeared to be in a restoration/preservation phase. All the boards inside were numbered.
Climbing towards California Pass, the colors were just beautiful.
Up, up we go!
The view from the top of California Pass of Lake Como.
Just after our next pass, Hurricane Pass, we came upon a sheep dog. He probably had a couple thousand charges - all those dots on the hill behind him.
We had been warned in Silverton not to approach sheep dogs, but this one was friendly, and let us take lots of pictures.
I felt like I was in another world!
We then went down through the Red Mountain district.
The mountains are really red!
There are lots of mines in this area too. My favorite was the Yankee Girl Mine. Unlike most of the mines here, this was a vertical shaft mine.