Tuesday, July 20th we arrived in Durango
and headed for the public land office for visitor information on all the camping sites in the San Juan National Forest. We decided on Junction Creek only a few miles from historic downtown Durango. The campground is very massive with beautiful tall pine trees and large open areas for hiking. The campground host, Tim, was most helpful in helping find the perfect stop to spend the night and enjoy a drink under the trees.
Wednesday we are off exploring, we first went to the Sky Ute Casino on the Ute Reservation and had lunch, then off to Vallecito Reservoir. We drove the loop around the lake, checked out the camping sites and decided to head off to Mancos state park to spend the night.
THE SAN JUAN SKYWAY
The San Juan Skyway is one of the most scenic drives in America, spanning elevations from 6,200 feet outside of Durango to 11,075 feet at Red Mountain Pass. We began this beautiful drive from Durango to Mancos State Park. The park has a beautiful lake where dogs can swim but not people, don’t know why, but Vegas had a grand time.
Thursday, we continued our journey on the San Juan Skyway to Ridgeway State Park, the half way mark to completing the skyway loop back to Durango. The scenery consisted of rolling meadows, raging rivers running alongside the highway, red cliff mountains, and valleys with breathtaking views. Tomorrow we will continue the loop on the part that is called The Million Dollar Highway, from Ouray to Silverton. I can’t wait. So excited.