Posted by: heatherandandybrown | July 29, 2014

Colorado Camping and Hiking

We fell a little more in love with our new home state this past week. While exploring the southwest part of Colorado, we discovered some amazing natural beauty.


A= Home. We camped about 2 hours away from Durango in the Rio Grande National Forest.

B= Durango– Hiked Animas Mountain, splashed around the Animas river that runs through downtown, played a round of Frisbe golf at a local college, and visited two local breweries: SKA  Brewing and Durango Brewing Co.

C= Silverton– Drove on the “Million Dollar Highway” (Dramatic views comparable to Rocky Mountain National Park) to the historic Victorian town of Silverton. We loved this town/area so much that we stayed here two nights. The first night it was pouring rain, so we opted to stay dry indoors. We found a nice little bed and breakfast that was over 100 years old. We visited Avalanche brewing company and did several hikes. The second night we drove to the end of an off-roading trail and camped in a beautiful valley.

D= Ouray– Before driving to Ouray, we hiked 8 miles round-tip to “Ice Lakes.” Instead of ice, we found turquoise blue waters and the most intense display of wildflowers that I have ever seen. In Ouray, we hiked to cascade waterfall and hit the road.

E= Telluride– We got lunch and decided to drive back home. We drove HWY50 back home, one of the roads that Andy traveled down on his cross-country bike tour.

4-20140725_190849Camping spot on Mineral Creek, north of Silverton


5-IMG_1856Lower Ice Lake, framed by rosy Indian Paintbrush

3-IMG_1656“Velocity Basin”, recommended by our Silverton bartender

2-IMG_1754Waterfall off of 550, “Million Dollar Highway”

 CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS  Some are panoramic. To view the full photos and captions, click on the first photo



  1. Great pictures … reminds me of the days I lived in the Alberta and British Columbia Rockies. Beautiful!!!

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  2. Awesome, as always. So glad y’all continue to share your adventures with us!

  3. OMG!! So Beautiful!!

  4. How beautiful!!!! Betsey

  5. Thank-You for sending the pictures. Love, Grandma Rath

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