It was time to move on again and this time we were bound for Silverton Colorado. The drive up highway 550 from Durango to Silverton is a 2 lane winding road with nearly 3000 feet of elevation gain. We were a little nervous but we researched it and people say if you just take your time it's not a problem.
As the highway started to climb we were pretty happy to see that the posted speed limit never got above 35MPH. There were also large frequent turnouts so we could pull off to let people pass as often as we needed. That really took a lot of the pressure off. We took things slow and steady and our van, Fred, was a total champ pulling the Airstream.
Past experience has taught us that it's a whole other world above 7000 feet in elivation. These high mountain regions are a magical place where weather forecasts don't mean very much and it storms almost everyday. On our drive we had some rain that eventually gave way to hail. But despite a bit of weather we made it to Silverton just fine and found us a great little spot to boon-dock.
Stay tuned to The More We Explore on Youtube and in the coming episodes you'll see us explore some of Colorado's historic mining country.
Steve and Tess love to explore nature, whether it be backpacking, packrafting, mountain biking, hiking, or just wandering. The more we explore, the more we realize just how little we've seen.