Thursday, July 28
Switzerland of America Jeep Tour! Because of a mudslide, we couldn’t go up to Yankee boy basin, like we had planned yesterday. But we were able to do a different drive up into the mountains above Ouray instead.
It’s a very cool drive south of Ouray, back up the million dollar Highway, towards the Red mountains and Corkscrew Pass and Corkscrew Gulch. It was rainy and a little cold, but our guide and driver, Steve definitely showed us a great time! they were about 10 other people in the back of the truck with us, one big family from Texas, and three people from India. And one of those people, will be attending Wharton in just a few weeks!
After working our way out of town, we drove about five miles south toward County Road 20A and from there, we began making our way up into the Red Mountains.
Red Mountains: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Mountain_(Ouray_County,_Colorado)
The drive up was slow and wet and chilly but provided some great views of the Uncompahgre River Valley!
In 1999 or 2000, I came to Ouray with my family and my friend, Erik Volland. We did a similar tour on the opposite side of the valley and worked our way up to Imogene Pass, with views of Telluride below. It was an incredible adventure and lives on in family lore!
When we finally made it back down to the bottom, near the Million Dollar Highway, we were all a little wet and cold, but Steve gave us the option of going to see Ironton, which used to be a main mining town in between Ouray and Silverton but is now not much more than a Ghost Town. Of course, the kids in our group definitely wanted to check it out and it was an eerie glimpse into Colorado’s past.
Despite the weather, it was an excellent excursion and Steve was a great mountain guide! If you ever make it to Ouray, I highly recommend the Jeep Tours.