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Old 05-16-2013, 01:35 PM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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Go through Ouray to Silverton, then turn around and head back north to US-50 and head to Crested Butte that way.
Yup. That drive through Ouray and up the mountain is amazingly beautiful. Makes you feel like you're in Switzerland.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:57 PM
 
Location: MN
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Great info here!

Another fantastic resource are the forums & info on TripAdvisor. Each Colorado town has it's own forum, lodging reviews & frequently asked questions spot:

Colorado Forum, Travel Discussion for Colorado, United States

Great site, thank you very much!
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:23 PM
 
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With hotels booked, you may wish to save the long excursion through the San Juan Mountains for another time. Or . . . just plan on a lot of driving—and tell the hotel you'll be in late.

Anything south of Ridgway represents a detour, but you might still want to make the relatively short drive to Ouray. Particularly if never having been there before. It is a picture postcard of a town in a magnificent setting. As others have mentioned, there are public hot springs on offer, as well as hikes and various sights and activities one might indulge in.

Whether extending this to Silverton is warranted depends on your predilection, and just how much more time you wish to spend on such a detour. One could argue that the scenery at Silverton is not as awe inspiring as with Ouray, but still quite lovely. As Ouray, Silverton is a small historic town formerly born of hard rock mining. If with an interest in such things, and Victorian architecture, you might find it fascinating. It is also the terminus of the narrow gauge train running up from Durango, but that is another matter. If deciding not to drive as far, you might briefly south of Ouray as far as the tunnel and a bit beyond, to get a sense of how wonderfully dramatic that road is.

In any event, do plan on making your proposed full loop at some point. Decidedly worth it.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:04 AM
 
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Congratulations on your upcoming marriage, and on picking a great place to honey moon! Be forewarned, once you visit Colorado, you may wish to move here. I think you'll have a great time, and you've picked some scenic places. The advise in this thread so far has been great.
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:19 PM
 
Location: MN
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Anyone driven up to see the Moffat tunnel's east entrance/exit? How is the dirt road from 119 going to the tunnel? Is it drivable in a car?
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Cole neighborhood, Denver, CO
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Anyone driven up to see the Moffat tunnel's east entrance/exit? How is the dirt road from 119 going to the tunnel? Is it drivable in a car?
It's paved.

Don't even think about trespassing on UP property though.
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:09 PM
 
Location: MN
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It's paved.

Don't even think about trespassing on UP property though.

So basically don't leave the small parking area to watch trains?
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:37 AM
 
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First off, this question makes no sense in this thread, as Moffat Tunnel is on the front range.

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Anyone driven up to see the Moffat tunnel's east entrance/exit? How is the dirt road from 119 going to the tunnel? Is it drivable in a car?
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It's paved.

Don't even think about trespassing on UP property though.
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So basically don't leave the small parking area to watch trains?
This is incorrect. It is gravel, not a problem for a passenger car though. Just don't head up to Yankee Doodle Lake on accident. This is the main trailhead for James Peak Wilderness area, so there is no problem getting out of your car. Its a VERY popular place, though. I've easily seen 100+ cars parked there.

It IS true that you should not cross the barriers. All kinds of sirens and such go off.

Not a whole lot of train watching to be had.
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:31 AM
 
Location: MN
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Thank you for info lovehighcountry! I was looking on apple maps and saw it was gravel road. I was asking in this thread I started a few months ago because I had mentioned we were staying in Blackhawk during our trip back from Southwest area, that's all.
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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Thank you for info lovehighcountry! I was looking on apple maps and saw it was gravel road. I was asking in this thread I started a few months ago because I had mentioned we were staying in Blackhawk during our trip back from Southwest area, that's all.
Ah, sorry! Makes sense now.
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