Wow! We drove 70 miles north today on the windy Highway 550 to Ouray. This road is fondly called the Million Dollar Highway. It's a maze of twists and turns with no guardrails and amazing views of mountains and the Animas River below. When we got to Ouray we decided to take a 4 hour Jeep ride to the top of Imogene Pass. At 13,114 feet we could see both the towns of Ouray and Telluride. You could see the rain falling over Telluride through the clouds at this spot - very cool. Along the way up we saw many water falls, a closed gold mine (including tailings, a 13 mile tunnel to Telluride, and lots of rusted equipment), marmots, pica, mule deer, and amazing mountain views. Coming down the mountain seemed more treacherous than on the way up going pretty slow over rock outcrops, gravel, and streams. On the way back to Durango we stopped at the town of Silverton to eat at the Handlebar Saloon (a favorite of ours with mining and other fun memorabilia on the walls and great food). And of course we saw a train.