We went on another “incredible” scenic drive today, this time to Telluride, it actually ended right at the Telluride Airport. We didn’t take the usual highways, we took the 19 miles short cut on the rustic Last Dollar Road. :-)
Bumpy, colorful, vast and adventurous, this hidden dirt road in historic ranching country gives stunning rewards for those willing the take the time to get around the bend. It took us over three hours. We even passed by the farm where Mattie lived in the movie “True Grit” with John Wayne. The whole area was surrounded with farms and ranches.
We passed through several beautiful aspen groves on our drive, some were so incredible we stopped and had our picnic on the side of the road. It was not a regular picnic area, but too awesome to pass without staying a while. :-)
Last Dollar Road winds through a low valley surrounded by jagged peaks, each bend delivers jaw-dropping scenery. We would love to go back and drive this one again in the fall when the leaves are changing. Most local people we spoke to drive it several times a year, just to see the seasonal changes. Going during summer for lush greenery as far as the eye can see; again in the fall for unparalleled red, yellow and orange foliage; and in spring, when grassy fields are blanketed with alpine wildflowers. We saw so many gorgeous wildflowers, I am including several pictures of just flowers.
When this road was a mining supply route in the 1800s, the workers probably weren’t too enthusiastic about its sharp turns and bumpy patches. But today, it is really popular. Thrill seekers (and confident drivers) boldly take on Last Dollar with enthusiasm in this area. Many rent jeeps just for the drive.
We ran into a few areas that were really hard to pass, we would not dare drive this road after a lot of rain. We passed a lot of bikers, some told us how the road was ahead and that really helped, some even cheered as we made it pass a really hard spot on the road. I felt like the car was going to flip, but we made it safe and sound. It was a “WOWSER” drive and we highly recommend it. Check back later for more from Colorado.