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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 10:24 PM
Thinking about a Colorado trip this summer and wondering if anyone has been here before?
 
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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 10:42 PM
Spent a couple weeks there once. Started out in Denver,and it was ok. Then got down to the Durango area and loved it! Took the Durango to Silverton rail road,then drove back to Durango through Ouray on the million dollar highway. B- UTIFUL!! They also have a very cool clothing optional natural rock hot spring in Dunton on the highway.
Pikes Peak is pretty cool too.

 

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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 10:50 PM
Here's a cool link about Durango.
http://www.durangoreservations.org/durango

 

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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 11:02 PM
The mountain towns of Colorado's San Juan Mts are great. I love Silverton. Ouray and Telluride are really cool too. I passed through Durango, I just prefer the higher elevation less populated towns. I drove a truck and trailer on Million Dollar Highway, my heart was racing!

Crested Butte seems remote, one road in, one road out. Looks to be some good trails in that area that follow the boundries of several wilderness areas. Pretty cool ghost town (Ashcroft) near there too.

I was hoping Crested Butte would be a small town with a Silverton type feel, but it might be bigger and more snooty?

 

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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 11:09 PM
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The mountain towns of Colorado's San Juan Mts are great. I love Silverton. Ouray and Telluride are really cool too. I passed through Durango, I just prefer the higher elevation less populated towns. I drove a truck and trailer on Million Dollar Highway, my heart was racing!
I agree. Liked the highlands better also.But the train to Silverton was a great ride to the highland! The film festival was going on in Telluride while I was there,so it was very crowded. I don't ski,but thought Purgatory wasn't as "snobby".

 

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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 11:30 PM
I should have taken a ride on that train, I can imagine how great that would have been.

Silverton has one paved road through town and no red lights. I heard population drops in half in winter with the road department being the primary employer to keep Million Dollar Hwy open. I wouldn't want to plow that road.

 

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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 11:53 PM
Here's a little something on Dunton Hot Springs.
Even though it has changed in to a "spa" since I was there in the 80's.
It was just a funky old mining town with 3 old buildings then.

About Our Hot Springs - Natural Hot Springs in Colorado

It is safe to assume that before miners first eased their weary bones into Dunton Hot Springs that Ute Indians, roaming their summer hunting grounds, took to the water.

The original spring is easy to identify as their mineral deposits are still visible at the highest point in town, surrounding the tipi. In an effort to make better use of the water the miners probably dynamited the springs to direct their flow towards the bathhouse. Proof that previous owners of town made good use of the water are old photographs of a large outdoor pool which was fed by the runoff from the bathhouse.

In 1922 the springs were properly described by the Geologist E. Bastin, when he visited the Emma Mine approximately 0.5 miles south of Dunton Hot Springs. He also reported on a warm spring (82 F) within the mine, 3000 ft from inside the main portal.

n 1978 Barrett & Pearl speculated that our springs were fault controlled and associated with the Triassic Dolores Formation. It is estimated that this system may encompass an area of 1.20 sq miles. Dunton Hot Springs is located on the trace of a north trending fault and encompasses an area of approximately 0.3 sq miles. There are many seeps and also completely different springs in the area, Colorado's only Geyser (an unimpressive tepid sulphuric spring which bubbles up every 45 minutes or so), a soda spring which has been recorded but never found by us and our neighbor's fabulous lithium rich Paradise Hot Spring. A spring with similar mineral composition is on the Dolores River just north of Rico.

In the winter its easy to observe where warm seeps are as they melt the snow earlier then the sun does. When we dug up town to lay our infrastructure we often came upon warm water which has since been corroding our pipes and has led to many repairs.

While it is highly unlikely that the hot springs will disappear, after all they have been producing mineral rich veins of gold and silver for millions of years, they sometimes move. If you scrutinize the rocks and soil at the river behind the barn you can see many mineral deposits - on the wrong side of the West Dolores where there is no more evidence of warm water at all.

Our springs are of the calcium bicarbonate type with a strong concentration of dissolved iron and manganese and a little dash of lithium. Springs with high mineral content are often recommended above others for various therapeutic uses. In addition to the value of the trace minerals found in most hot springs, and the stimulating benefits of highly mineralized waters, bathing in bicarbonate water assists opening peripheral blood vessels and helps to improve circulation to the body's extremities and magnesium converts blood sugar to energy and promotes healthy skin.

We offer five ways to take to the water of temperatures ranging between 85 - 106F:

Inside the restored Bathhouse
Under the stars
Outside behind the Bathhouse
Inside Well House Cabin
Out on the river (Christoph' spring)

Remember the Dunton Motto:
Always stay up to your neck in hot water!

It was in the 20's while I was up to my neck.

 

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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 11:59 PM
Be sure to check out The Rafters, right at the bottom of the hill...a very nice bar/restaurant. That's the town gathering spot, at least during ski season. Gigantic, and absolutely georgeous on the inside.

I really liked Crested Butte a lot. I would say that it has as much going for it as some of the bigger, more famous places. But, less pretentious and a lot more laid-back. I would love to get back there someday, this time in the summer.

[Edited on 1/4/2008 by alloak41]

 

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  posted on 1/3/2008 at 09:34 AM
My cuz lives in Crested Butte. She bought one of those old mining houses years ago. The real estate of Crested Butte has gone up considerably but they are very conscious about NOT becoming Aspenesque. The locals don't want the Hollyweird crowd messing up their little spot. My cousin is an avid skier and she basically works to ski. The community of friends she has is tight. There is a true barter system which came in handy when she and her new husband decided to build a new home.

JFC and I extended our ABB Red Rocks trip in Sept 2006 since my cousin announced she was getting married the weekend after the show. We drove from Morrison to Crested Butte. There's no direct route so we looked at the map and headed West, South, East and finally North to get there. The last part of our route is called the West Elk Loop and we had a wonderful time.

http://www.coloradodirectory.com/maps/westelk.html

http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/2120/index.html

For sure, there are more than a few hair-raising turns in those mountains, but I am so glad we decided to take the time and plan the road trip. We started our trip with the ABB at Red Rocks and it only got better from there. We took our time when we started the journey to Crested Butte. Having time to take it all in is key. We practically stopped every 5 miles just to take a picture!

I'd say check it out.


 

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  posted on 1/3/2008 at 10:07 AM
I spent a couple of weeks in Steamboat Springs, Colorado about six years ago. Had a great time and loved the area. I'm happy to say I was able to catch "Double Trouble," SRV's former band mates, perform on Werner Mountain during their annual summer concert series. I have a photo of myself and my honey meeting the band after the show (they were very nice and friendly). We have friends in the area who both are originally from upstate, NY and moved to Colorado about 18 years ago. They too, are big downhill skiers and work to ski, kayak, mountain bike, etc.....From what I've seen of Colorado, it's a beautiful state. If I ever win the lottery, I'd buy a second home there in a flash.
 

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  posted on 1/3/2008 at 12:37 PM
Thanks for the Crested Butte stuff, Jeanne! I have been jonsing for a good camping/ hiking trip this summer and have been looking at this area for something new ... this gives me some extra stuff to think with!

Re: the San Juan Skyway in SW Colorado that goes through Telluride on West, Ouray on the East, Cortez/Durango to South - this is one of my favorite areas. It is breathtaking! I have a 4WD vehicle and we took things offroad through the Alpine Loop Back Country in the San Juan's on Engineer Pass outside of Ouray and it was spectacular. I've been to Telluride a few times but never during any of the festivals that are hosted there. My impression of the place has always been that the people were very nice and laid back (fell in love my first visit when driving into town I spotted a 'hippie chick' out watering her dandelions ... my kind of place). Not sure what things are like in Mountain Villiage - did ride the gondolas up there through the aspens but didn't hang out. If you check out this area make sure to see the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde.

 

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  posted on 1/3/2008 at 01:35 PM
If you fly into Vegas, you can head east, go thru Zion, Bryce Canon, then there is this great dirt road, that goes for like 120 miles or so, east out of Panguitch. This will bring you down near Mexican Hat, where you can head east to Mesa Verde and Cortez and Durango. From there you can keep going east, then head south into Taos, Sante Fe and Albuquerque. From there you can go further south to Las Cruces, then head west to the border of AZ and NM. There you can head south to Portal, and the Chiricahua Mountains, and on to Douglass, then back up thru Bisbee and Tombstone. From there you can go head west, and go thru Seirra Vista and Nogales. Go into mexico for a few hours. Then head north to Tuscon, then Phoenix (skip Phoenix, just get gas). Then head up to Flagstaff, go check out the Grand Canyon for a few minutes, then head west to to Kingman, then north up to Boulder City (check out that damn there), then head further northwest back to Vegas.






Or, you can do what i did, fly into Vegas, and go on a week long drunk, lose all your money, then call a friend and beg for a ticket back home.

 

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  posted on 1/3/2008 at 06:49 PM
Another great drive through Colorado is Wolf Creek Pass between Pagosa Springs and South Fork. Easy access to Creede and Lake City. Also the San Juan's, I believe, but east of Ouray

http://www.sangres.com/features/wolfcreekpass.htm

 

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  posted on 1/3/2008 at 08:24 PM
I live in Ohio, but I love Colorado. I might love Montana or Idaho if I spent some time there. I just love mountains and wide open spaces of those kinds of states.

Yeah I was on Alpine Loop and Engineer Pass when I was in Silverton in 06. We also did Animas Fork's Gulches, Carson, Cinnamon Pass, Imogene and Poughkeepsie too.

I've made multiple trips to Colorado on business and pleasure and it is the only place I want to keep going back to (other than ABB concerts). I've spent time in Glenwood Springs, Grand Lake, Minturn (outside Vail), Winter Park, Gunnison, Silverton area, Salida, Estes Park and the Sand Dunes Park. Generally the higher and less populated towns are the ones I like best.

Some cool info in the thread, thanks.

Hey Bruce I'm going to need a map on that one

 
 


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