At Ouray (which the locals pronounce you-ray) we turned onto a nice unpaved road. "Piece of cake," I thought. As we climbed, the road got steeper, narrower and rougher. Then really steep, really narrow and much rougher. Then we passed a sign warning that from there on it was only for four-wheel-drive vehicles.
One of the more interesting water crossings
It was over a hundred degrees in places like Grand Junction. Not here.
You can tell who the younger, spryer one is
Then, finally, we reached Imogene Pass. 13,114 feet. The highest in the San Juan range. The second highest in Colorado. Red Mountain Pass, on the Million Dollar Highway, which freaks out a lot of people, was below us. Neener neener neener.
Red Mountain Pass is the grayish triangle in the lower left
Shortly after taking this photo, we saw three bighorn sheep
On the way back, we stopped for lunch and some exploring at one of the abandoned mines.