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Jul 22 2018
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Animas Forks Ghost TownWest, CO
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The pup and I stopped at Animas Forks to eat some breakfast. We walked around a bit, then headed toward Cinnamon Pass.
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Alpine Loop Scenic BywayWest, CO
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2017 Utah-Colorado Trip
Day 1 Utah
Cajon Ruins: [ triplog ]
Ismay Rock Shelter: [ triplog ]
Day 2 Colorado
Grant/Swamp Pass to Ice Lake Basin Loop: [ triplog ]
Day 3 Colorado
Alpine Loop 4x4 trip.
This was a great 4x4 trip. The pup and I where able to explore a few ghost towns and saw countless mines. We also crossed 5 mountain passes that where over 12,000ft. The views in the valleys and at the passes where amazing. The mountain passes include: California Pass 12,960 ft, Hurricane Pass 12,730ft, Corkscrew Gulch Pass 12,217ft, Engineer Pass 12,800ft and Cinnamon Pass 12,640ft.
Ghost Towns/mines list;
-Eureka Ghost town
-Columbus Mine @ Animas Forks Ghost town
-Frisco Mine @ Bagley Tunnel
-Mountain Queen Mine
-Capitol City Ghost Town
-Ute Ulay Mine @ Henson Ghost Town
-Whitmore Falls
-Ute Ulay Mine, Henson Ghost Town
-Whitecross & Argentum Sites
-Burrows Park Ghost Town


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Sand Canyon Pueblo: [ triplog ]
Lowry Pueblos: [ triplog ]
Painted Hand: [ triplog ]
Cutthroat: [ triplog ]
Horseshoe & Hackberry: [ triplog ]
Valley of the gods/Moki Dugway 4x4 trip: [ triplog ]
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Animas Forks Ghost TownWest, CO
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This was part of a good day of four wheeling up in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton. :D The amount of traffic during the midday hours was almost unreal. So the tip is to go early or after about 3 in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. Also, the continued increase in traffic in recent years seems to be deteriorating the road conditions. Once you get off the famous Alpine Loop portions it isn't quite as bad, but you really have to be heads up! When I was last at Animas Forks in 2013 restoration work was being done on several buildings in the old ghost town, and the results are pretty impressive. In some ways it is amazing these old structures have lasted as long as they have, given the incredibly harsh winters the region experiences at this high elevation. The old timers knew how to build things! :)

Information on restoration efforts:
savingplaces.org/stories/ghost-of-a-chance-animas-forks-colorado#.V6Uv_fkrKHt
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This was part of a day of exploring with friend Paul, who is a big fan of the history of the old mines, etc. in Colorado, especially the San Juan Mountains. He used to tell me that since I was a Democrat, I should visit the Sound Democrat mine. Turns out I had driven by it in 2013, but wasn't sure which one it was at the time. So, after touring Animas Forks, we headed over to it. It's fun to have Paul along on these kind of adventures, since he is always providing interesting tidbits of history along the way.

I used to be a Sound Democrat, but since Democrats are just Wall Street Republican light, I am a left of Bernie Democratic Socialist.
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Animas Forks Ghost TownWest, CO
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Aug 14 2013
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The first two days of this Colorado trip went according to the script. Two nights in a Durango motel with a train ride to Silverton in between. After that, well the plan was subject to change. Lots of four wheeling that took longer than expected. This meant my rough idea about how far I would travel the next couple of days wouldn't match the reality of the situation. But it was alright, since I still was able to pull it off (mostly) by just making necessary adjustments and driving longer distances. So what else is new? :lol:

After spending an unplanned night in a motel in Ouray, it was off to try to at least make it to somewhere in New Mexico on my way back home. I had planned on heading for Engineer Pass by way of a 4x4 road out of the Ouray area, but that only worked for about a mile and a half off of US550 when I reached a spot in the road that I couldn't navigate past in the truck due to wet slick conditions. So I had to backtrack out and go to Silverton to continue the planned route. Okay, this was going to be a long day! Didn't care as it was all about the photos anyway. :)

I had been through Animas Forks a number of times before, but this time I wanted to look around a bit. After checking out some of the buildings in the old town site I drove up into Placer Gulch aways, before continuing on my journey to Engineer Pass and beyond (Lake City, Creede, Wolf Creek Pass, Pagosa Springs, and Chama).

Yep, it was another looong, but very good day on the road! :D
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Colorado Fall Colours 2012, CO 
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Colorado Fall Colours 2012

I'm in the habit of booking a quarterly "wilderness adventure" months in advance so I can work my schedule around the dates. After having my first Colorado Adventure into the San Juan Mountains this past summer (check out :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=20996 ), I snapped up the offer from one of my Phoenix Coyotes' season ticket partners to use his Colorado Cottage during the height of fall colours. With a 5-day weekend booked the end of September/beginning of October, I began researching primo fall colour photo ops weeks in advance (check out :next: viewtopic.php?t=7211 ) narrowing down to 5 selected shots from various pro's and trying to figure out the exact location they captured their image.

Image #1 "Highway and Farm near Telluride" by Shane McDermott (check out :next: http://www.shanemcdermottphotography.co ... 2&lb=1&s=A ). Thanks to a tip from the photographer, I was able to confirm location on Airport Road (aka Last Dollar Road) near Telluride and enter GPS coordinates into Google Maps (N 37.952726, W -107.877846). My "interpretation" certainly doesn't do Shane McDermott's wonderful image any justice (check out :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoID=tbd ), but I had fun doing the detective work trying to figure out the location (thanks also to Jake for the Google Maps tip!).

Image #2 "Hay Rolls near Sneffels Range" by Derek von Briesen (check out :next: http://www.pbase.com/sedonamemories/image/139539899 ). Thanks to a tip from HippyPunkPirate (aka Jake) and others, it turns out that this is an iconic view taken from the Double R L Ranch along Highway 62 near Ridgway. It took a Colorado resident to clue me in that Double R L Ranch, as in Ralph R. Lauren's ranch, is known to everyone in the Ridgeway/Telluride area. Take County Road 9 off of Highway 62 and spot the field near GPS coordinates I entered into Google Maps (N 38.118892, W -107.829008). My "interpretation" certainly doesn't do Derek von Brieson's stellar image any justice (check out :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoID=tbd ), but once again I had fun doing the detective work trying to figure out the location (thanks Jake for the Google tip - Google RRL Ranch images and see what you get...).

Image #3 "Aspen Stand and Fence near Sneffels Range" by Jason Hatfield (check out :next: http://www.mountainskyphotography.com/colorado ). Hats off to Jason and his most informative eBook "A Photographer's Guide to Colorado's Fall Colors - the Best Locations & How to Photograph Them" (check out :next: http://www.mountainskyphotography.com/ebook.html ), 14 locations are in the San Juan Mountains! Take County Road 7 off of Highway 62 and spot the open field near GPS coordinates I entered into Google Maps (N 38deg 2' 58.42", W 107deg 48' 31.01"). My "interpretation" certainly doesn't do Jason Hatfield's awesome image any justice (check out :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoID=tbd ), but once again I had fun doing the detective work trying to figure out the location (thanks Jason for sharing your inside information - highly recommend if you are heading into the San Juan's to pick up Jason's bargain priced eBook :next: http://www.mountainskyphotography.com/ebook.html ).

Image #4 "Dallas Divide in the Sneffels Range" by Darren Kilgore (check out :next: http://mycolorado.org/landscapes/san_ju ... large.html ). I found the "Dallas Divide" on the map and noted a Scenic View turnout along Highway 62 between Telluride and Ridgway. Taking a leap of faith, I entered GPS coordinates into Google Maps (N 37.952726_tbd, W -107.877846_tbd) and hoped for the best. Although my "interpretation" certainly doesn't do Darren Kilgore's splendid image any justice (check out :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoID=tbd ), I had fun exchanging thoughts with about 20 other photographers jamming the turnout along Highway 62 trying to capture an image in the waning afternoon light.

Image #5 "Wilson Mesa Property for Sale - $12,995,000" by unknown realtor (advertisement had photo of San Miguel Mountains reflecting off lake surrounded by flaming yellow aspens - unfortunately no internet link). Armed only with a real estate ad from a Telluride Homes magazine I picked up at a Telluride gas station during my July 2012 visit, I looked for various clues in the photo and the map and could only conclude that this had to be Woods Lake on Wilson Mesa. Taking another leap of faith, I entered GPS coordinates into Google Maps (N 37.952726_tbd, W -107.877846_tbd) and marked a route along Fall Creek Road that seemed to connect to Woods Lake. Although my "interpretation" doesn't justify the real estate asking price (check out :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoID=tbd ), I had fun meeting a photographer from Maryland (sorry, forgot your name!) also trying to capture the perfect reflection off the lake.


DAY #1 - Saturday 9/29 After a Friday airplane commute to and from our Diabetes division in Northridge CA, I headed on the road early Saturday to start a 5-day weekend with Lynn and the dogs at the Danzl Cottage along the Dolores River between Dolores CO and Telluride CO. Lynn packed everything we needed except some choice Colorado brews. Stopping at the Dolores Liquor Store, I picked up a 6 pack of Dark Lager by Durango Brewing Company (Durango CO) and 90 Shilling Ale by O'Dell Brewing Company (Fort Collins CO). I thought it was strange that none of the Dolores Brewery or Telluride Brewery beers were available here. Arriving at the Danzl Cottage with about an hour of daylight, I got the well pump primed and the hot water tank filled (while evacuating all the airlocks) and the electric heats plugged in and fired-up (low of 29degF forecast for tonight). With the cottage up and running, time to focus on tonight's BBQ dinner - burgs and dogs...


DAY #2 - Sunday 9/30 After rustling up breakfast of maple sausages and eggs on the BBQ, we loaded up the F-150 and headed along Hwy 145 and the Dolores River Valley towards Telluride. There were multiple stops along the way taking in the riot of colour. Hard to judge if we missed the peak, some trees were bare, some were still green, others where ablaze in yellows and golds. Arriving in Telluride, we headed up Airport Road to find "Image #1" location to re-create Shane McDermott's "Highway and Farm near Telluride". As we rounded the first bend to the north, it was found! Near the Telluride Airport, the road becomes Last Dollar Road (IMO - a fall colour "must" route). We found a roadside clearing onto a bench outcrop that made for a perfect lunch location - mountain views, fall colours, perfect temperatures! After a Tibber-mode flurry of photo stops, we popped out onto Hwy 62 and headed east towards County Road #9 and the Double RL Ranch. Hay rolling was in progress, but not in the field captured by Derek von Briesen in "Image #2". I did find another field with the hay rolls in situ to create my own composition. Next on the list was County Road #7 to recreate "Image #3" by Jason Hatfield. CO#7 has a number of choice locations noted in Jason Hatfield's eBook and I think I found them all. With the sun beginning to set, we left CO#7 and headed back to Telluride (also discovering the Dallas Divide scenic viewpoint on Hwy 62 and recreating "Image #4"). With an alpenglow on the peaks, had enough light to show Lynn Bridal Veil Falls and downtown Telluride. It must have been 10pm when we got back to the Danzl Cottage and fired up the BBQ for our evening meal in the glow of the full moon. There was a strange banshee screaming at the moon - a bobcat in heat?
Hike of the Day :next: Dolores River Trail (actually an abandoned bridge and section of old Hwy 145 near Rico CO) ~5 miles.


DAY #3 - Monday 10/1 Perfect weather in the forecast again as we headed to Durango and up the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton. Animas Forks Ghost Town was the objective of the day - thwarted by a misplaced boulder hitting my skid plate and damaging an airflow/sound barrier plate. Unable to do a field repair, we heading back to Silverton to the lone garage mechanic for miles around. We removed the off-road customized airflow/sound barrier plate and were on our way. Adjusting our plans, we headed north on Hwy 555 towards Mineral Creek and Kendal Camp Ground for lunch. Next up, the Red Mountain Mining Area followed by Ouray, Ridgeway, and another stop at the Dallas Divide (another "Image #4" recreation attempt). Our adjusted plans allowed us to tour Fall Creek Road and the Wilson Mesa area in search of Woods Lake. To my great surprise, there was ample signage to Woods Lake where I made numerous attempts at recreating "Image #5". With all 5 of my "pre-work" images now in the bag (or on the FLASH card), it was time to drive back to Danzl Cottage and a choice steak waiting to be BBQ'd...
Hike of the Day :next: Woods Lake Campground Trail ~5 miles. Check out :next: http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsint ... Campground


DAY #4 - Tuesday 10/2 Today's agenda includes CR38/Township Route 535 (aka Dunton Road - IMO another Fall colour "must" route) and the Lizard Head Wilderness area. With multiple photo ops along the route, we decided to take a lunch break on top of Stoner Mesa via CR-M/FR875 (aka Stoner Mesa Road). I found a meadow/camp area on the top of Stoner Mesa surrounded by aspen stands on every side where we broke out the tailgating chairs and had lunch. IMO - Stoner Mesa Road had the BEST Fall colours of any route we had been on during our 5-day weekend. We had time to hike a few miles towards Navajo Lake from the Kilpacker TH and The Meadows. Great views of the San Miguel Mountains and the Lizard Head Wilderness area!
Hike of the Day :next: Kilpacker Trail ~5 miles (intersects with Navajo Lake Trail http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=13715 ). Check out :next: http://4cornershikestell.blogspot.com/2 ... trail.html


DAY #5 - Wednesday 10/3 Getaway Day - back home to the Valley heat in Ahwatukee. Quite the contrast being treated to 5 days of 72degF Hi and 29degF Lo in the Colorado San Juan Mountains...


MUCHO GRACIAS to the Danzl Family for the use of their Colorado Cottage on the Dolores River
Many elk, deer, mountain goats, beaver, and bald eagles
No TV, internet, or cell phone reception
1 tank of gas from Phoenix to Colorado
5-days in the San Juan Mountains
420 images on 2 cameras
Spectacular fall colours
Perfect weather
Priceless!
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Animas Forks Ghost TownWest, CO
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We only had time for a quick drive to Animas Forks and back to Silverton before heading off to Mesa Verde.
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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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