I'm currently working on the stories and maps for this entry, but I have posted the photos below, along with a summary.

Summary

After camping at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park for most of August, I left late in the month and headed to the small mining-turned-tourist town of Silverton, located south of Montrose in the San Juan Mountains at an elevation of 9,300'.  Silverton is one of the highest cities in the United States (Leadville wins the prize, though, at just over 10,000').

During the summer of 1984, I was the BLM's first ranger stationed in Silverton and I lived in a little trailer here.  I spent that summer exploring the mountains around Silverton -- and doing lots of "ranger" work, of course! -- and I had a great time.  This was my first visit to Silverton since that summer, and I was struck by how little it had changed.  Yep, there were a lot more visitors now, and the BLM actually has a Visitor Center there now (!), but it's basically the same.  Silverton is nice but I've always preferred Lake City.  Still, it was good to be back.

I spent a couple hours in Silverton visiting some of the places I used to go.  It was hard to believe that it had been over 30 years since I worked here.  Then I got in the truck and headed on to a campground near Durango, where I camped for a couple nights. 

 

Montrose, Colorado to Silverton, Colorado