Telluride is located in a box canyon nestled among the San Miguel Mountains, one of the most beautiful areas in the country. The town is also one of the coolest places you'll see, with all Victorian style buildings in the town, but modern mansions high on the surrounding mountains. Founded as a gold mining camp in 1875, the town has a population of fewer than 2500 people. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid began their life of crime here by robbing the San Miguel Valley Bank in 1889. One scene for the 1969 movie about their escapades was filmed in the New Sheridan Hotel bar. Telluride and its sister community, Mountain Village, are now known primarily as a tourist destination and ski resort. Many celebrities live here, at least part of the time.
From the flowering trees, it's clear that Spring has just arrived in the high country.
Assisted by many streams of snowmelt, Ingram's Creek and Black Bear Creek join to form the beginning of the San Miguel River.
Just outside of town, the still-active Pandora Mine marks the beginning of the road up to Black Bear Pass, but we can only drive as far as Bridal Veil Falls and the famous "Power House". Black Bear Pass is still closed by snow, and is one-way (down) above the waterfall when it is open.
These settlement ponds are part of the remediation project being conducted by Idarado Mine, cleaning up all the mine tailings from their long-closed mine.
Did I say the road is rocky? These small boulders cause a driver to weave their way, sometimes out near the edge.
Ingram's Falls and Creek come streaming down the mountain.
Here's a close-up view of Bridal Veil Falls. We didn't stay here very long because we were getting drenched by the spray.
Someone put a "bridge" across Ingram's Creek so climbers can cross to the climb area. They also have to cross a ledge only a foot wide, but there is a cable there to give them something to hang onto.
Looking down at the creek, there is a good view of the canyon and town.