This historic Colorado corner, once rich in silver and gold, is a rocky land of volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls and streams…
The San Juan Mountains form the southern part of the Rockies, a rugged terrain where Jeeps come in handy and hikers find heaven. Still-thriving mining communities sit side by side with abandoned ghost towns and ancient Native American dwellings. The source of the Rio Grande is nestled somewhere within these majestic mountains. It’s a place where the adrenaline-seeker is king: rafting, heli-skiing, ice-climbing and snow-shoeing take place with some seriously scenic backdrops. Every summer, when the snow's melted away, the technicolour flowers, bright blue skies and farmers’ markets bursting with fresh produce take over.
It’s said that skiers who fall in love with Colorado in the winter will really fall in love with it in summer, when the technicolour wildflowers bloom, melted mountain snow floods into the rivers and sunny blue skies are all around. Spring is known as the ‘mud season’ due to the melting taking place on the mountains.