In early October, my family and I took a long weekend trip to the southwest region of Colorado. When they say, “Welcome to Colorful Colorado,” this is what they mean. The fall colors were absolutely gorgeous. We stayed in a condo about thirty minutes north of Durango. Durango was founded in the early 1880s by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad to build a railroad towards the mining district of Silverton in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. 

It was a trip of planes, trains, and automobiles. First up: PLANES! We flew out of the Lexington airport into Durango. We spent the first day there exploring the downtown area. They offer lots of cute shops and the original Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Next, we had TRAINS! We rode the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. At a brisk twenty miles an hour, we traveled through the San Juan Mountains to the former mining town of Silverton. Here are some of the pictures from that journey.

animas river
Train, Silverton and Durango Railroad
Fall colors, Rocky Mountains
animas river, San Juan forest
Silvetson Colorado
mountains, river
Silverton mountains

Then AUTOMOBILES! On our last full day in the area, we drove to Telluride. This trek is one of the most breathtaking roads in America and is called The Million Dollar. No one is sure where the name comes from. It might be the cost to build. It might be because there are million-dollar views at every turn. Wherever the name comes from, it is a road that should not be missed by those traveling to the area. Here are some photos from that drive.

Moutains, Lake, Water
Rocky mountains, fall colors, Aspens, yellow
autumn colors, yellow aspens
Mountain range
Red Mountain Pass
Wildlife, Moose
snow covered mountains

If you are looking for things to add to your bucket list, add Southwest Colorado. It is absolutely beautiful and well worth the trip, no matter where you live.