Hallo Rich, hat bei Euch bereits der Winter begonnen? Aber es sieht wirklich fantastisch aus. Viele Grüße sendet Dir Holger
Grüße Helge, Winter ist hier. Schnee bleiben in der hohen Landes. Zwei Skigebiete geöffnet sind. Maroon Bells waren schön für das Wandern.
This seems to be the small US-version of the Swiss Matterhorn. :)
Greetings Polytropos, Thanks for visiting the Maroon Bells and your wonderful comment. What a treat to have the Middle Maroon Bell compared to the Matterhorn. It was a lot of fun wandering around below the peaks. Judging from the boulders and the size of the scree field, I don't think I would want to be there in the spring. It would be like walking in a bowling lane or shooting gallery. That would be exciting.
A hard to get to and dangerous spot to be anytime Rich -- nice photo of the Big Bell!
Greetings Bruce, I agree with your comments. The Bells are actually notorious as a dangerous climb because they are basically a big pile of dirt and rocks. The stratification makes for a beautiful picture, but a loose structure that crumbles easily. Thanks for visiting, glad you liked.
Greetings Jose, Thanks!
Hi Richard. While browsing through Google Earth I indeed discovered a one horse town called Matterhorn and it's in southwest of Colorado!
Coordinates: (37.8477, -107.8821)
Greetings Polytropos, Sounds like this place is on the south side of Lizard Head Pass in the Dolores River Canyon. Back in college days I worked for the forest service and drove through there at least once a summer, but I don't remember the town. It is in a beautiful area. I think Rico is another town in there. Thanks for the kick back to the early 70's.
Yes, US 145 between Lizard Head Pass and Ophir, CO. Very picturesque Trout Lake is on the way.
Greetings Polytropos, The stretch of highway between Dolores and Telluride is some of the most beautiful, green, lush and spectacular country in Colorado. Starting at Dolores you are just above the desert, but the river provides water for orchards and trees. As you get up higher into the mountains you enter mining country where prospectors tried their hands at mining silver and gold (mainly silver) out of the mountains. The mountain sides are covered with ghost remnants of closed and abandoned mines. The mountains they chose to work in are spectacular in their rugged beauty. And the winters were tough at those altitudes. In the 70's it was sad to see the poverty in Rico, Ophir and Telluride, Once prosperous mining centers gone bust. Only Telluride really made a comeback with the ski area and the White San Juan gold that covers the slopes each winter. The people who started 4 wheel drive services make a nice living taking tourists out in to the back country on the old wagon roads that serviced the mines. The grand loop drive, one of the most spectacular in the US takes you from Durango to Dolores, over Lizard Head Pass, down to Telluride, around the north end of the range, over Dallas Divide, into Ouray, over Red Mountain Pass (Million Dollar Highway) to Silverton, over Coal Bank and Molas passes back to Durango. Many miles, but a tremendous trip. I'd have people come to the station the enxt day to thank me for the directions. That was cool. Any way, you have stumbled across a beautiful part of the state. Thanks for stirring up all the memories.
Hi Richard Thanks a lot for your really elaborately explanations. Unfortunately I've never been in that region of Colorado. My nearest place probably was the famous Mesa Verde National Park a little more southwest of it.
Greetings Polytropos, Thanks for reading the "blab". The forest service had me stationed in Mancos, Colorado, only 6 miles from the entrance to Mesa Verde. In two years I never went into the park. One summer I got to sit in a look out tower and watch the top of Witherell Mesa burn. Neat part of the state.
Greetings Rich. I'm not as familiar with the highways and byways of southwestern Colorado, and Lord knows I'm no mountain climber, but I'm familar with the Maroon Bells, and I think this is one of the really great, intimate photos of the area. Thanks for the post.
Greetings Hank, Thanks for visiting the Maroon Bells and commenting. It is a neat area. As I walked over the scree field here I noticed a big "ditch" coming down the right side of it. I bet the water screams down this when the spring melt gets going. I don't know what would be faster, the water, the rocks coming down from above or the hikers running for their lives!
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