Ohhhhh, Telluride. Never have I stared so intently at my surroundings, with serious concentration, trying desperately to understand how something so unimaginably beautiful could exist. My camera’s a few years old now, but generally produces photos I’m pretty happy with — and never have I been so mad at its inability to capture the full, intensely overwhelming magic of a place. Never have I actually had my breath taken away by a natural sight like the mountains in Telluride (k this didn’t really happen here either, but with the altitude, etc… it maybe could have).
Telluride is well-known in this part of the country and is a very touristy place, and it’s an expensive town for those with expensive taste (I read that Tom Cruise and Oprah have had homes there… among other members of the rich & famous). When I arrived in Telluride on a golden Saturday afternoon, I completely understood why.
The San Juan Skyway, named for the heart of the mountain range it runs through, has been designated as a National Forest Scenic Byway, a Colorado Scenic Byway, a Historic Byway, and an All-American Road. It’s 233 miles in length and runs all the way down to Durango, Colorado, but I stuck to section that ran through Telluride and all of its colorful woodsy goodness. While driving on yet another one of Colorado’s scenic byways, I concluded that byways of the scenic variety are my favorite kind of byways and hope to see many more of them in my lifetime.
Here are a few snaps from the weekend along the San Juan Skyway:
Have you ever driven on the San Juan Skyway? Which of America’s (or any in the world!!!) scenic byways should I add to my list?