Our first stop was to see a waterfall in the Uncompahgre National Forest.

   
   
Supposedly, that wrinkled or ribbed piece of vertical rock used to be part of the ocean floor.  The ocean is now miles away from Colorado.
 

   
   
This is an avalanche tunnel or slide.  Depending if you are the ice or the human survivor.

This is a common avalanche area.  Instead of having to worry about keeping the road open, the ice just runs off into the ravine.  In the ravine, you can make out the snow from the last avalanche.

     
     
Red Mountains 1, 2 and 3 are coming into view from the highway.

Don Fehd is our fabulous tour guide.  (Seen briefly in mirror.)

     
     
Loads of running water.

 

     
     
That white object above looks like Styrofoam but it is actually snow.  It is the first time I ever saw greenery grow on snow.
 

     
     
Making our way up.

 
 
Onward to Silverton

 
 
Looking back
     
     
The Red Mountains

     
     
High above the tree line.
     
     
Almost seamless photo compilation of above two photos.

     
     
Looking 180 degrees away from the Red Mountains.

     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
All sorts of all-terrain vehicles were on the road.

     
     
A mine we could walk up to...
     
     
Looking inside the mine, we found the floor of the mine was flooded in water with a high sulfur content.

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
Here is an abandoned water compressor used for mining.

     
     
Here is what is left of the track that the miners used to move the compressor around with.

     
     
In the distance, you can see many different mines as evident by the piles of rock outside the mine entrances.

     
     
Looking back at the road we traveled.

     
     
An interesting rock formation.

     
     
The Columbine is the state flower of Colorado.

Supposedly the flower was picked to be the state flower because of its three colors.

Blue for the clear blue skies.

White for the snow-covered mountains.

Yellow for the gold within the mountains.

     
     
We saw many streams on our trip.

     
     
The mill in Eureka.

     
     
What is left of an old abandoned mining mill in Eureka.
     
     
I thought this was a neat picture, but it was difficult to capture.

You may see the waterfall, but can you see the little cabin within the trees?

     
     
Looking back at the road we traveled.

     
     
A lodging house that has been long abandoned at the Treasure Mountain Mining Company ghost town on Picayune Gulch.

     
     

 

     
     
Looking back into the blacksmith's shop

     
     
The lodge stove is still there.
     
     
The passageway to the mine was too unstable to walk through.
     
     
Inside the boarding house looking out toward the front door.
     
     
A long, shallow sink behind the stove.
     
     
A blacksmith's forge.
     
     
Blacksmith's work bench

     
     
Looking from the blacksmith's shop to the front of the boarding house.

     
     
Looking outside and seeing the mill.

     
     
The mill.

     
     
Some old cabins near the boarding house.

     
     
An outside look at the boarding house.

     
     



 

     
     
The Animas Forks Jail.

     
     
The Animas Forks Jail had two holding cells.

     
     
Left cell

     
     
Right cell

     
     
From inside the Jail lobby looking out on Animas Forks.

     
     
Animas Forks, named for the three forks of the Animas River that flows through the town site. Animas Forks is twelve miles northeast of Silverton, Colorado, at 11,200 feet; more than two miles above sea level The town's first log cabin was built in 1873.  By 1876, this bustling mining community boasted 30 cabins, a hotel, a general store, a saloon, and a post office.
 

     
     

Charles and Alma Ingi Gustavson's residence. Built in 1906-1907 the house was best known for its indoor toilet. A sign on site says the family lived here year-round and said the house was sold in 1920 for $110.

     
     
Looking outside toward the mill.

     
     
Looking out of the opposite side of the house.
     
     
A cellar used to keep food cold in winter.
     
     
An indoor out-house
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
In the living room looking out to the porch.
     
     
The other remaining houses.

     
     
 

     
     
What's left of the Gold Prince Mill near the Columbus Mine at Animas Forks.

     
     
Another house appears to be built in a newer style.

     
     
This house could have been used as late as 1939.

     
     
 

     
     
Looking toward the mill and the bay window house.

     
     
 

     
     
Walking toward the Bay Window House, or the Duncan - Walsh House.

     
     
Looking back.

     
     
 

     
     
The Duncan - Walsh House, also known as the Bay Window House.

The light dots are knots in the wood.

     
     
Looking out the Bay Window.

     
     
A look over to the mill from the Duncan - Walsh House.

     
     
It must have been some view when the town was alive.

     
     
 

     
     
The stairway up to the second floor of the Duncan - Walsh House.

The first step was almost gone.

     
     
One of the second-floor bedrooms.

     
     
 

     
     
I imagine there used to be a railing along the stairwell.

     
     
It is amazing that they let you climb all over the houses at the ghost town.  I was pleasantly surprised I could visit the second floor.
     
     
As we leave in our vehicle, we take one more look.

     
     
Another mill house.  I am not sure which one.  This mill was on private property.

     
     
The views were a sight to see.

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
Lake Como from the California Pass

     
     
I wasn't sure which picture of Lake Como I liked better, so I am posting a few more.

     
     
 

     
     
California Pass - Elevation 12,960 Feet

     
     
A closer look at Lake Como as we drive by.

     
     
 

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