It took us a while to get to this part of Colorado, but it needs to be on your list. We drove Hwy 50 a couple of times, but never had time to venture south.
Slow Groovin BBQ
Marble, CO - worth the 8 mile detour and then some.
Relaxing for lunch in Marble
Waiting for some Slo-groovin barbeque
Just a lunch detour
A nice side trip for lunch took us to Marble, CO and more fall splendor
Caution- artist at work
Sheep Mt, Marble, CO is certainly worth recording in oil or digitally
River's Edge, Ouray- Hilites
Ouray Motel Ouray Hilites
Box Canyon Falls Ouray Hilites
Free for Srs. - city park in Ouray
Box Canyon Ouray Hilites
The Box Canyon Waterfall & Park is Ouray’s natural wonder—formed when the rushing waters of Canyon Creek eroded a deep and narrow box canyon through fault weakened limestone. The park's short trails are easily accessible from the southwest corner of town. You can reach the visitor center and entrance either by car or by foot. The lower trail, an easy 500-feet hike via a walkway and suspension bridge will lead you straight into the belly of the falls. You will be silenced by roaring water as the force of thousands of gallons a minute ricochet off a mix of rugged crags and smoothly eroded pre-Cambrian rock, rushing eighty feet to the canyon’s bottom.
Peering out from the canyon
In 2001, this breathtaking park was designated an important bird watching area by the National Audubon Society. It supports one of the state’s largest populations of Black Swifts, a protected species. These birds nest in their preferred habitat— the canyon walls sheltered by overhanging rocks near waterfalls.
Ouray Ouray Hilites
from Box Canyon park
The Lower Cascade Falls trail is rated an easy hike, which takes you up to the base and last in a series of seven waterfalls that carries snowmelt off the mountains and down one of two flumes through Ouray. The Falls are high in the redstone cliffs overlooking Ouray, and can be seen from many vantage points around the city. The lower trail is short, but steep. The trailhead starts at a parking area at the east end of Eighth Avenue. Several interpretive brochures are available to enhance the hikers experience.
Ouray town park - Ouray Hilites
The Lower Cascade Falls trail is rated an easy hike, which takes you up to the base and last in a series of seven waterfalls that carries snowmelt off the mountains ...
Red Mt #1 - Ouray Hilites
Red Mountain is a set of three peaks in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado in the United States, about 5 miles south of Ouray. The mountains get their name from the reddish iron ore rocks that cover the surface. Several other peaks in the San Juan Mountains likewise have prominent reddish coloration from iron ore and are also called "Red Mountain".
On top of Red MT #3 - Ouray Hilites
12,890 feet - the view is worth the ride. Thanks, Keith
One of many contenders for my photo of the year, 2015
[Pentax K5 17-50mm Tamron]
San Juan Jeep Tours
Does it get any better than this? - Ouray Hilites
On the way to Red Mt #3 with a San Juan Jeep Tour - things you don't see from the main road (550) in 2015. Highly recommended by me at least. Marilyn stayed in Ouray.
[Pentax K5 17-50mm Tamron]
Approaching Ouray - Ouray Hilites
An unencumbered, standing view from the back of the tour vehicle
Million Dollar Hwy 550 -if only we could have driven this hwy all the way to Durango (Marilyn was chicken) 2015
Leaving Ouray - Ouray Hilites
Overlooking the town as you head south on Hwy 550
Ouray - Ouray Hilites
Today Ouray thrives on tourism gold instead of silver from the mines- this view from Hwy 550 south of town