Wasn't meant to be but it was a rather "cool ride". My travel plans
Few Miles up and the river had a different look
Rico was settled in 1879 to support the the silver mining. Today it is a quaint little historic town and a good stop for the tourist on two, three or four wheels.
First time I was in Ouray was with my folks when I was two. That was back in 1948.
My father hunted the area for deer and elk many times during the 40's and into the 60's.
Today Ouray is a mecca for 4 wheelers of all types jeeps, ATV's and some of the dual sport adventure riders. Not all trails are technical, many in the area like Engineers Pass, Ophir Pass and more can be done with any dual sport bike or 4x4 with decent clearance. I'll save these rides for another posting.
Ouray overlook on the road to Silverton
You can find a bit of Jolly Ol' England in Ouray; for a great lunch and a pint of Guinness pop into O'Brien's Pub.
If it is late in the day and you will overnight make sure you visit the Hot
Springs for a soak to remove the sores of the ride.
From Ouray you ride the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton. and as
the first photo in this post it is apply named for the million dollar views! Here is a video I shot a few years ago:
Next post we will continue the ride to Silverton and over to Durango.
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