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Desert Wanderings - Telluride, Colorado

sunny 27 °C

I suppose the title Desert Wanderings is not as applicable now. The plan was to spend the last week in Arizona but the weather had other plans for us. We escaped the heat into the nearby (5 hours away) mountains of Colorado.

We stayed south of Telluride, near Trout Lake, in a free boondocking spot. Trout Lake gave us the opportunity to ride our bikes on the Galloping Goose Trail. The trail lies on the defunct railroad which, in the days of ore and gold, was key to the area. There are remnants of the old railroad trestle still towering over the river that leads to Trout Lake. Constructed between 1910 and 1912, this 146-foot long wooden bridge is associated with the Rio Grande Southern Railway.

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We were also able to kayak Trout Lake for a few hours. It is a small lake but very picturesque and full of - you guessed it -trout!

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The drive into Telluride was dramatic and beautiful.

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If you like Whistler, BC, you should also check out Telluride, Colorado. With everything from off trading on mountain roads to mountain biking down the ski hills in the summer and a ski village with the same outgoing vibe in the winter, Telluride is a spectacle. Bring your money however because the shopping and the food is very expensive. The gondola ride from Mountain Village (the ski resort area) to Telluride (the business area) is free however!

Shopping in Telluride was an experience. Obviously catering to people who spend their weekends skiing in the area and who have expensive taste. The leather and hat shops peddle their own Telluride-made brands which are very original but not in our price range! $165 for a small change purse is not in the cards for these 2 campers!

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The town really does a great job to showcase their history. We had a bite to eat and a drink at the Stronghouse. Originally built in 1892 and used as a warehouse for storing goods, the Stronghouse was built of stone and metal and is one of the remaining buildings from the heyday of Telluride’s mining era.

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We spent 4 days at this campsite and caught some of the best skies we’ve seen so far. The view from our front door made us want to stay for a week.

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Only one more destination until we need to start the drive back to Ontario. It involves a National Park and rocks that were formed 1.6 billion years ago!

Posted by blgracey 01:19 Archived in USA

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Truly SPECTACULAR. Imagine living with those views! Safe trip home!

by Krista

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