Roanoker wrote:Highlander wrote:What time of the year did you go? Looks cold with some new snow up in the mountains. Silverton is one of the few mountain towns in Colorado I can still tolerate. The rest have become so over commercialized that it makes me sick - The Telluride area has become a regrettable disaster.
All of the pictures taken while we were riding on the train and walking around Silverton were shot on October 7, 2010. I don't remember it being cold during that vacation, but I did wonder why I was seeing rather heavy jackets on passers-by when I posted these pictures this week. I don't recall all that much commercialization, probably because my son, whose interests lie mostly in geology, selected more remote areas. We were following his itinerary. I suppose the areas weren't all that remote, as he no doubt watched out for my safety. And we didn't camp outside.
Silverton isn't very commercial - it's at nearly 10,000', has no appreciable ski area, and US 550 (the only way in by car) has major passes on either side making it inaccessible in the winter to all but the most adventurous. Durango certainly has become that way and Telluride, while they manage development in terms of aesthetics, is over the top with pretentiousness. Only a few unspoiled places like Silverton left in Colorado - Lake City and Creede are others that have not been tainted by large scale tourism and real estate nonsense but they aren't as spectacular. Spectacular places are only a jeep road away though. I've been climbing in the area since the late 70's, so many more people nowadays.