It was forecasted to rain today, so we decide to take a drive up Hwy 550 up out of Silverton to explore. We were actually looking for Purgatory Campground & Columbine Campground to check out for future camping. We had been told to visit Molas Pass also. There is a campground near the top of the pass on Molas Lake owned by the Town of Silverton. There were only a couple of sites that we would be able to park the Dutch Star in. Molas Pass is at a 10910 elevation.
We decided to stop at Andrews Lake just on the other side of the pass for a picnic lunch. We opened the car doors to discover that it was winter temps...burr! We enjoyed our picnic in the car, but the view was spectacular.
We continued on down the the road and the next thing we knew we were at Haviland Lake & campground. How did we pass up Purgatory & Columbine? We got out and took in the view of the lake and wildflowers. We headed back up Hwy 550 towards Silverton. We stopped in at a local liquor store and inquired about Purgatory and Columbine campgrounds. We just couldn't imagine that we both missed the signs. Come to find out, the parks had been closed nearly 5 years ago. Now they are occupied by very expensive looking homes and condos and a ski resort & village.
The mountains over Molas Pass are breathtaking both coming and going. It was a good day for exploring.