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Jul 18 2019
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Crystal Lake at Ophir PassSouthwest, CO
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This was our first hike on our yearly Colorado trip. With a late spring, there where still a lot of snow and very little wild flowers. There where still great views from the top. We did stumbled onto a birds nest on the trail. Miss Ellie was trying to protect the chicks from their own mother. We also saw a coyote near the truck as we came down the mountain. Great little hike.
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Jul 23 2018
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Alta Lakes and Ghost TownWest, CO
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From our campsite, we took Ophir Pass to the Alta Lake area. We walked around the ghost town, then ate breakfast at the lake. We then started the journey back to Phoenix.
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Ophir Pass Road #630West, CO
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I took Ophir Pass to get over to Telluride. At the top, the pup and I did a little exploring. We hiked the short trail to Crystal lake. We then headed to Telluride to have a lunch.
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Crystal Lake at Ophir PassSouthwest, CO
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The pup and I enjoyed a beautiful hike up to Crystal Lake. We hike around the lake, then rested in a grassy area. The hike is relatively easy, even with all the talus.
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Sep 25 2014
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Ophir to Silverton & Beyond, CO 
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I got an invite from some friends to join them for a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec narrow gauge steam train out of Chama, New Mexico on Friday, September 26th. I decided to join them, so built a road trip with the train as the focal point. I had been thinking of heading up to the San Juan Mountains anyway to see some fall colors, so this was just the impetus I needed. Initially, I was going to join them camping at Abiquiu Reservoir the night before the train ride, then do the Colorado part afterward, but the weather forecasts made me change plans and hit Colorado first. Left Tucson Wednesday morning and drove 471 miles to a motel in Cortez (by way of Show Low, Saint Johns, Zuni, Gallup, and Shiprock). On the drive up I was only on interstate highway from my place in Tucson to the Miracle Mile exit! :D

Spent Wednesday night at the Retro Motel in Cortez, before heading out on the big day of adventuring Thursday. I had driven many times up Highway 145 from Cortez to Lizard Head Pass and beyond, but wanted to explore some new roads. I took forest roads up along the West Dolores River to Dunton and then over to reunite with highway 145 near Lizard Head Pass. This proved to be a wonderful drive! From there it was on to a brief stop at Ames Power Plant, before heading over Ophir Pass to highway 550 near Silverton. With the exception of some clinky, rocky talus driving just below the west side of the pass, this is an easy road. Of course just about anything up there is knockout gorgeous, and the fall colors were in full swing as I had hoped! :)

Thursday of course was going to be a very long day, as I was in full photo mode and with a motel in Chama as my final destination, there were a lot of miles to cover. As usual, I almost planned on doing too much in one day, but it worked out. :lol: I stopped in Durango for a few supplies and dinner at Carver's downtown. It was already getting to be late afternoon, so I knew that a part of the trip I wanted to do in daylight wasn't going to happen. While at Carver's munching on a burger and drinking some beer, the last train from Silverton rolled into Durango, a reminder of my train ride the next day! :)

Usually if I am headed from Durango to Chama I just stay on the main highways (160 east to Pagosa Springs and then 84 south to Chama), but I wanted to drive along roads that pretty much followed the abandoned portion of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad line between Durango and Chama (the two remaining tourist trains are the remnants of this division of the narrow gauge). I had researched this before the trip and taken notes about road names, turns, etc that I had with me. I knew I was going do do most of this in the dark and almost called it off because I was running late and on unknown roads, but decided to go for it anyway. :sweat:

Took highway 172 south to Ignacio (where it got dark), then east on highway 151 to Arboles at Navajo Reservoir on the San Juan River near the state line. This is on Southern Ute Reservation land. from there it was on dirt roads east along the San Juan River past Pagosa Junction, then southeast across the state line, where I entered the Jicarilla Apache Reservation, before finally picking up pavement again as I neared Dulce. I could tell from what I could see in the vehcle lights that this would be very interesting country to see in daylight. Just before I entered New Mexico there was a place where my truck lights shined on a decaying rail car on tracks! I definitely will be going back to see that again! :D From Dulce it was a breeze into Chama, but I got there around 9:30, so I was glad I decided on dinner at Durango. After I checked into my room at the Chama Riverbend Lodge, I headed back to Foster's for a beer. That is an historic old bar, restaurant, and hotel that was built in 1881 when the railroad first arrived in Chama. :)

So my long and amazing Thursday was over! Now it was time for some sleep before my train ride up over Cumbres Pass to Osier on this historic old line! :y:
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Sep 27 2013
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Colorado Fall Colours 2013, CO 
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Colorado Fall Colours - September 2013


Prelude:

For those that know me, I’m in the habit of booking a quarterly “wilderness adventure” months in advance so I can work my schedule around the dates.

Q1-2013 was the “Salt River Canyon Wilderness Trek” (check out http://hikearizona.com/photoset=24440 )
Q2-2013 was the “Colorado San Juan Mountains Trek” (check out http://hikearizona.com/photoset=25725 )
Q3-2013 was the “Himalayan CardioRenal Screening Project & Trek” (check out http://hikearizona.com/photoset=26703 ) – still have photos from Stok Kangri Trek, Delhi, and Agra to post!

The plan was to also add a “Colorado Fall Colours” trek in Q3 using last year (check out http://hikearizona.com/photoset=21834 ) for timing guidance…


Thursday 9/26
Route plan per Google Maps indicates 7 hrs 22 minutes to travel 455 miles from Ahwatukee to Danzl Cottage on Dolores River via Tuba City.
Any time gained leaving work at a decent time and getting on the road before 4pm was lost waiting an hour trying to climb up I-17 to sunset point (major accident closed the highway until it was cleared).
Burg in Flagstaff and on the Rez by 7pm where we were greeted by a steady rain all the way to the cottage on the Dolores River between Dolores and Telluride.
Rain on the cottage roof made for a soothing song to put us to sleep after the long drive from the Valley to the San Juan Mountains.
FITBIT data; 4.46 miles, 36 floors

Friday 9/27
I had Disappointment Valley on my radar as a nearby location known for wild horses – this isn’t a political statement, but check out BLM Disappointment Valley/Spring Creek Basin (http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/sjplc/wild_horses.html ) and the musical celebrity laden movie on Disappointment Valley wild horses (Watch the 12 minute “Wild Horses & Renegades” video trailer at :next: http://theamericanwildhorse.com/ and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1532296/ ). Abort near Spring Creek Basin due to excessive mud! snow! and threatening rain/sleet/snow clouds...
Afternoon take West Dolores Loop for fall colours - turned out to be winter snow scene loop!
$4.64 per gallon gas in Rico - Yikes!
BBQ a couple of New York strip steaks back at Danzl Cottage FITBIT data; 6.21 miles, 19 floors (10 ft/floor)


Saturday 9/28
Plan to redux Dallas Divide, Double RL Ranch hay rolls, and onto CR7 for beaver dams and Blue Lake Trail hike. If time permits, sundown at Woods Lake.
FROSTY morning - 28 deg F according to my truck (failed to get photo evidence)
Actually start with awesome coffee in Rico at the little shack on east side of town - blows Starbucks away with a $2 cup.
Stop at Lizard Head Pass for photo op.
Stop at Sunshine scenic overlook on SR145. Aspen on Wilson Peak are still green - major let down :( :( :(
Take Lynn to Ophir - get some colours :) :) :)
Gas up in Teluride - Chrissy photo op by the Minersaur!
Stop at Last Dollar Road off of SR62 - plenty of photo ops, but too much traffic to my liking :( :( :(
Dallas Divide - still too early for optimum colours.
CR#9 and a Double R L Ranch - score! Plenty of hay rolls at southern most field. Combine and tractor pick up in action...
Off to CR#7 - an old reliable that's never failed to please.
Stop at Jason Hatfield's pond for photo recreation
Stop at beaver meadow for another photo recreation and lunch
Hike Blue Lakes Trail
Back to hay rolls on Double R L Ranch to catch long shadows
Telluride elk (are these employed by the Chamber of Commerce - they're always at this spot at sunset)
BBQ some chicken back at the cottage
FITBIT data; 7.82 miles, 79 floors


Sunday 9/29
Plan to get to Alta Lakes and Ghost Town plus Lost Dollar Road and Woods Lake redux. Maybe check out Silver Pick Road...
Start the day with another cup of awesome coffee in Rico from the "High Ground Coffee Shack". Find out the coffee beans are from Ibis in Utah - will have to check this out - they're that good...
On to Alta Ghost Town and then Alta Lakes - amazing number of trout visible in Alta Lake - and friendly ducks agreeable to Skippy...
Check out Mountain Village above Telluride
On to Woods Lake via Fall Creek Road - disappointing fall colours :( :( :(
Return via Elk Creek Road onto Wilson Mesa and loop back via Silver Pick Road - Awesome view on Hughes Road - marked this one with geocoded iPhone photo.
Ilium to Ophir Loop and back to Danzl Cottage
BBQ some split cheese dogs...
FITBIT data; 8.16 miles, 63 floors

Monday 9/30
Getaway day, close up the cottage per Danzl winterizing instructions.
Route plan per Google Maps indicates 7 hours 58 minutes to travel 508 miles from Danzl Cottage on the Dolores River to Ahwatukee via Gallup NM.
FITBIT data; 5.09 miles, 27 floors


TOTALS
211 photos on Canon 7D
323 photos on Canon Rebel XT
53 photos on iPhone 4S
587 total photos to sort thru when I get the chance...
963 miles return Ahwatukee to San Juan Mountains
Prelude to fall colours (not the peak we were planning/hoping for…)
Unexpected winter scenes more than compensate!
28 degF frosty mornings
Awesome coffee warm-up from High Ground Coffee Shack in Rico CO each morning :next: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annies-H ... 4149051267
31.74 miles on FITBIT
2240 elevation gain (224 floors on FITBIT)







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Sep 01 2013
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Ophir Pass Road #630West, CO
West, CO
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Colorado Tales 2012, CO 
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Colorado Tales 2012

5 days
1296 miles
65 gallons of gasoline
379 digital images
1 relatively trouble-free drive
Clean, crisp mountain air
Vintage railways
Ghost towns
Choice eats and beverages (Colorado microbreweries!)
No work distractions
Priceless!

The Plan => Thursday 7/26 rendezvous at the Danzl residence in Sedona AZ, truck pool, and hit the road to the Danzl Colorado Cottage along the Dolores River between Dolores CO and Stoner CO in the San Juan Mountains.

My 2012 quarterly wilderness adventures have been limited to "Anza Borrego California Tales 2012" (check out => http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=18664 ) and "Oregon Tales 2012" (check out => http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=20147 ), so with X consecutive days of 100degF Valley weather, a trek to the high country seemed in order. The Colorado Rockies would certainly satisfy that requirement, so my Coyotes' season ticket co-holder, Ralph Danzl suggested his Colorado Cottage as a base camp to escape the heat. With no definitive plans, other than our base camp, we hit the road and ended up at the following destinations;

A. Ahwatukee AZ - ground zero, home
B. Sedona AZ - rendezvous at Danzl's Bell Rock Blvd. residence
C. Kayenta AZ - stop at the local Burger King
D. Monument Valley AZ/UT - first visit for the Danzl's (check out => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=857 and http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/m ... e-map.html )
E. Bluff UT - stop for gas
F. Hovenweep Ruins UT - also "Canyon of the Ancients" including Painted Hand and Lowry Pueblo (check out => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=12961 )
G. Dolores CO - base camp at Danzl Colorado Cottage off Hwy 145 on Road 37 (CR36 on map)
H. Ophir Pass CO - off-roading with side treks to Crystal Lake and Lookout Peak (check out => http://www.narrowgauge.org/4x4/html/ophir.html )
I. Silverton CO - Silverton Brewery for eats (check out => www.silvertonbrewing.com )
J. Animas Forks CO - off-roading to ghost town (check out => http://www.coloradopast.com/index.php?c ... as%20Forks and http://www.narrowgauge.org/4x4/html/sil_af.html )
K. Durango CO - a drive on the "Million Dollar Highway" (check out => http://www.rmpbs.org/byways/sjs_map.html )
L. Dolores CO - Dolores River Brewery for eats (check out => http://www.doloresriverbrewery.com/ ) and base camp at Danzl Colorado Cottage
M. Dunton CO - along FR535 and West Dolores River valley trekking to Lizard Head Wilderness (check out => http://www.visittelluride.com/things-to ... wilderness )
N. Telluride CO - Smuggler Joe's MicroBrew for eats (check out => http://www.smugglerjoestelluride.com/or ... mmary.aspx and http://coloradobeer.org/brewers )
O. Rico CO - ghost town (check out => http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/co/rico.html )
P. Taylor Mesa CO - wildlife spotting along FR545
Q. Dolores CO - supplies and Galloping Goose Museum (check out => http://www.gallopinggoose5.com/ ) plus base camp at Danzl Colorado Cottage
R. Mesa Verde CO - for future reference (check out => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=13496 )
S. Tuba City AZ - pit stop on the road home
T. Sedona AZ - collect my wheels at the Danzl residence
U. Ahwatukee AZ - home again...



DAY 1 - Thursday 7/26
Ahwatukee AZ to Sedona AZ
129 miles
2 hrs 19 min 1-way per Google Maps

Rendezvous at the Danzl residence off Bell Rock Blvd and hit the road early morning for the Colorado mountains....



DAY 2 - Friday 7/27
Sedona AZ to Dolores CO via Monument Valley and Hovenweep Ruins
341 miles
7 hrs 17 min per Google Maps

On the road to Danzl's Colorado Cottage along the Dolores River between Dolores CO and Stoner CO with stops at Monument Valley and Hovenweep Ruins. Exited Monument Valley just as a deluge hit. With a side trip into uncharted territory (that would be Hovenweep UT, check out => http://www.nps.gov/hove/index.htm ), we discover "Canyon of the Ancients" and signage for some vaguely familiar ruins (Cutthroat Castle, Painted Hand Pueblo, Lowry Pueblo, etc). I'm filing this for a future trek (check out => http://www.nps.gov/hove/planyourvisit/u ... rMap-2.pdf and http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nm/canm.html ). Our plans to pick up supplies in Dolores CO are thwarted by the time zone change as we arrive into town at 8pm local time only to discover all the grocery stores closed! Good thing we have some ground beef in the cooler and we're able to pick-up some buns at the local gas station. We arrive at the Danzl Cottage in a light rain. Ralph gets the water turned on while Brian and I get the old-school BBQ fired up with briquettes and mesquite chips. Burgs and beverages to put a bookend on the day...



DAY 3 - Saturday 7/28
Dolores CO to Ophir Pass to Animas Forks and Durango CO return
188 miles
5 hrs 21 min per Google Maps

Into the really high country with side treks to Crystal Lake and Lookout Peak near the crest of Ophir Pass. On to Silverton where we caught the narrow gauge railroad (check out => http://www.durangotrain.com/ ) waiting to take on passengers. 4WD trekking up to Animas Forks checking out all the mining relics and ghost towns along the way. I regret not climbing up to higher vantage to snap an image of the entire Animas Forks ghost town complex - next time! Refreshments at the Silverton Brewery and off along the Million Dollar Highway to Durango CO. In Durango, we pick up steaks, fresh picked corn-on-the-cob, mushrooms, onions, etc. for an evening feast back at Danzl Cottage. Interesting light show back at the cottage as a summer monsoon rumbles through the Dolores Valley...



DAY 4 - Sunday 7/29
Dolores CO to Lizard Head Wilderness to Telluride CO to Taylor Mesa return
153 miles
4 hrs 53 min per Google Maps

More high country trekking checking out beaver dams along FR535 and the West Dolores River plus a leg stretcher into the Lizard Head Wilderness. Refreshments at Telluride Brewing Company and Smuggler Joes' Brew Pub in Telluride. Up to the Bridal Falls overlook and on the road towards Rico ghost town and primo wildlife spotting on Taylor Mesa. Plenty of elk and deer spotted. No bears - disappointment since Ralph indicated he's seen bear here every time he's visited. Back at Danzl Cottage for another summer monsoon light show and time to fire up the BBQ for some choice tube steaks...



DAY 5 - Monday 7/30
Dolores CO to Mesa Verde CO to Tuba City AZ to Sedona AZ to Ahwatukee AZ
461 miles
8 hrs, 21 min per Google Maps

A chance to check out the Galloping Goose and Dolores River Brewing Company before hitting road for home. Conversation along the road included setting a time for a return visit with fall colours being the choice excuse. Maybe a last week in September, first week in October future trek (check out => http://www.narrowgauge.org/4x4/html/autumn.html ) may be in the cards...



And that's my Colorado Tale 2012!
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Great trip with my friend Paul to camp, hike, and explore in the San Juan Mountains. Base camp was up near Lizard Head Pass. We enjoyed time in Telluride, as well as checking out old mining camps, high mountain roads, and a drive to Ouray and Ridgeway. Can't go wrong in this area! :D
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