So says the write up on the web site of America's scenic byways.
"Craving recreation at high elevation? Travel to the top
of the world and back in time on the San Juan Skyway. Discover history
and high times in the streets, gold mines, and railway stations
of towns like Durango, Silverton, and Telluride...
it all on this 236-mile sampler of the best the southwest has to
Now that 236 miles would be the green loop at the top of the map
you see below.
But first, from Albuquerque, you do have to drive through the middle
I couldn't believe it was right there on my map.
We set out on our 700 mile weekend jaunt at 4:00 on Friday - arriving
in Durango, quite surprised by how close it is, in only 3 and a
I did take a camera
And yes... if you look, even in the middle of nowhere, there are
shots to be had. Granted, I drove past this one and then though
about it for a while, turning around after driving a mile or two
down the road.
Mrs. took it in stride, she is after all, used to this kind of
Saturday we made our way north through Silverton, stopped at the
hot springs in Ouray and ended up in Telluride by nightfall.
On the way back from taking this photo Mrs suggested to me that
next year we might camp at this spot. She said that my response
was not to be forgotten:
"They make bed and breakfasts for people our age dear."
Mind you, I don't mind camping, but when I do, it's because I had
to carry my tent in to some wilderness place or another. Absent
that, I'm all about a good B&B.
And even though we missed the "peak color" by a week
or two, there was still plenty of color splashed up on the mountain
sides and right down near the riverbeds. (larger panorama here)
Even Christmas came early this year as Mrs. discovered a sand painting
that was a "must have" in one of the shops that was closing
for the winter.
We promised ourselves we would come back next year, especially
since there were deals on lodging and meals, just before everyone
shuts down, either for the season, or for the month before Thanksgiving.
Now all I have to do is find the time to create some new web pages,
one for the drive and the views, another for the recommended eats
Some 200 images later, these are some of the ones I like the best.