Colorado mountain majesty offers thrills and chills

Highway 550 connects Durango to Silverton, paralleling the famed narrow gauge railway.

You may have trouble imagining a Toyota Prius as a roller-coaster car, but that’s how it felt today. It took us over passes topping 11,000 feet, through tunnels covered with rocks and ice, and within a few feet of sheer drop offs at dizzying heights.

Guard rails? Nah. Sweaty palms and white knuckles? For sure.

We were surrounded by peaks of more than 14,000 feet in southwestern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains as we traveled from Durango to Moab, Utah. A few other vehicles joined us for the ride.

Spring has not yet struck this aspen forest near Durango.

We stopped for coffee in the old mining town of Silverton, at more than 9,500 feet.

Look closely to see the narrow road descending from an 11,000-foot pass.


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7 thoughts on “Colorado mountain majesty offers thrills and chills

  1. Malcolm @

    Is this anywhere near Estes Park. I have been there many years ago. You guys sure get around.


    • 2orangebags

      Hi Malcolm,
      We have been in the southwest corner of Colorado, a long way from Estes Park. I remember that you visited family there. We visited Estes Park with the boys in our tent trailer and enjoyed it very much. Rocky Mountain National Park is a great place. All the best, Reg


  2. Fantastic holiday


  3. triciaburnett65

    Great holiday.


    • 2orangebags

      Thanks, Trish, yes, it is. There are times we feel like we are on another planet.


  4. Bonnie

    I am enjoying the posts from your Southwest trip. When I was 12, our family did a road trip to all these places. We took the train from Durango to Silverton. The scenery was amazing!


  5. 2orangebags

    We are glad you are “traveling” with us, Bonnie. Great to hear from you. We wanted to do the train, but ran out of time…next time. What great memories you must have from your family trip. This has been an exhilarating journey…it is a remarkable part of the world. Hi to Mike!
    All our best, Reg and Sue


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