|Our final outing in the Mesa Verde area was a trip to Durango, CO. This was on Dale's "bucket list" and so we went up to check out the narrow gauge train ride from Durango to Silverton, CO. This train ride will be for another trip, but definitely a "must do". Durango is a coal mining town with a bustling downtown full of old store fronts. We had brunch looking out over the Animas River. From there we headed up the mountains to Silverton, CO. We now know why they call Colorado golden. The fall colors between Durango and Silverton were absolutely beautiful and all shades of yellows and golds to some bronze. We saw several quite wealthy looking ski communities on our way up Hwy. 550 to Silverton and several natural hot springs. Upon arriving in Silverton, elevation of over 10,000 feet, we thought we had arrived on the set of a western movie. This is an old gold and silver mining town and I do mean old. The train from Durango had arrived so you will see that Dale got some pictures. All the mine and mill tours were already shut down for the season so we were unable to do too much exploring, but then again we hope to return. You need to visit this area between Memorial Day and Labor Day! We enjoyed the ride back down the mountain and all the fall splendor. We definitely saw this area at the right time of year to enjoy fall colors.