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September 4, 2014

Fall Color Tours

  • Mt Sneffles, Last Dollar Road, © Kathryn R. Burke

Fall Color. Half-day Tour | $65 Adult | $35 Children 5-12

Full-day Tour | $125 Adult | $65 Children 5-12  | (Minimum 4 persons)

High Point Elevation, Owl Creek 10,114 ft. Ophir 13,117 ft.
Half-day tour to Owl Creek Pass, Ophir & Last Dollar Road. Full-day tour does both. Jagged Peaks, breath-taking scenery, vibrant color Have your camera ready!

Last Dollar was a rugged mining supply route in the 1800s. The road climbs through pine and aspen forests, skirts meadows and pastures of high altitude ranches including the one filmed for ‘True Grit’ starring John Wayne. Where the road meets Colo. 145 at Telluride, Wilson Peak spears into bright blue skys—a familiar image to anyone familiar with the label on Coors Beer.

Ophir was once the old stagecoach route between Silverton and Telluride. Hard to believe as you travel across the rocky ‘scree’ piles. Below tree line, colorful oak and aspen line the road, making this a great photo journey.

Owl Creek Pass Drive, one of Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways, is especially spectacular in the fall, when the aspens and oak are at their most colorful. We follow this 1885 cattle drive trail past Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain to Silver Jack Reservoir. (The pass is also  the trialhead for the 14,105 Wetterhorn Peak.) As we climb toward Chimney Rock, watch for wildlife – the bears love the succulent red berries prevalent along this road. Keep your camera ready—you won’t want to miss a shot of the glorious fall scenery.
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