San juan skyway drive, colorado, USA

A drive through Colorado’s southwestern San Juan Range is spectacular at any time of year. Follow this 235-mile (380-km) route and you’ll pass gushing streams and waterfalls in spring, blankets of wildflowers in summer, and precipitous slopes thick with snow in winter. But the landscape is at its most spectacular in fall, when the cottonwood and aspen trees take on a palette of fiery hues. The towns along the road were established after the discovery of precious metals in the area, and remnants of the precarious railway that ran to and from the mines are still visible.

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