When in the Telluride area, we love driving the Last Dollar Road – well parts of it…. There are parts that are narrow and very nerve racking so we don’t always drive the whole way thru the pass. Last Dollar Road takes you winding amongst beautiful aspen groves and then it will open up into beautiful prairie type fields and then around the next bend you will see the gorgeous San Juan Mountains. I could spend days, weeks, yes months exploring the beauty along this road. We were on the Telluride side and storms were moving in so we had decided that we did not need to spend much time on this road as it and rain are not a good combination so we decided to just travel just a short ways on it and some adjoining roads and not venture far from the paved roads. Sure enough the storms started getting closer and as we were driving, I turned and looked back in the direction we had come from and there was this beautiful little grove of aspen with the sun shining on them and the dark black storm clouds moving in closely behind them. By the time I got my camera and tripod out and setup for the shot the clouds were just about upon the aspen and I barely got a few shots off before the trees were over taken by darkness. I just barely made it back to the care with the clouds let loose. We were certainly glad that we didn’t have far to go to get off the narrow pot hole ridden roads.
It was a dark and cloudy day, one of those days where it might storm one minute and the sun come out the next. We were apprehensive about hiking with potential storms upon us so we took off on a drive south of Telluride Colorado. There are some nice mining areas in that direction. We spent a good bit of time at the Alta Lakes area and then we headed to Trout Lake. The lake is natural but is was damned to serve as a reservoir for the Ames power Plant. After enjoying the lake view for awhile, we decided to drive around back behind it and we ran into some real treasures. First we discovered an old water tank. It is a 50,000 gallon tank. The red paint was peeling off and the tank was nestled in the golden aspens and in the backdrop were cloud covered snow peaked mountains. What a spectacular view of this old Rio Grand Southern Railroad artifact – one of the most well preserved.
Trout Lake Trestle, Colorado
We traveled on along the road and we discovered Trout Lake Trestle, another fabulous artifact of mining days gone by. The beautiful fall vegetation, the towering green pines up again the thunderous clouds and the rich golden aspen made a spectacular view. One of my favorites from this fall trip to Colorado.
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