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  • Javier C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mission accomplished: drove the million$$ highway and in December! (And I'm from South Texas) First- the views, the scenery, the drive is indescribable. Beautiful & awe inspiring to say the least.
    The highway is well maintained. The best part is the final stretch from Silverton to Ouray (and first part returning from Ouray). Slow & steady wins. My wife who is afraid of heights had her side window open throughout the ride. Respect the road, observe speed limits & don't be intimidated by the highway nor those speedsters that have driven this beautiful road a few times.
    No 4x4, offroad required for normal conditions. Again, the highway is well maintained & most folks are respectful, driving to enjoy this gorgeous part of Colorado.
    Written December 26, 2023
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  • Gerard C
    Norwalk, CT10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We happened upon this museum while waiting for the train back to Durango. It is much more than a mining museum and well worth the price of admission. I cannot recommend it enough. The collection of artifacts on display is most impressive.
    Written October 21, 2023
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  • julie d
    Dallas, TX23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    These two 69 year old Texans accepted the challenge! Hiked through streams and snow fields to reach Ice Lake. The mosquitoes swarmed us so insect repellent recommended! Waterfalls galore! Ashamed to admit it took us 8 hours round trip. But we took our time intentionally. The views are panoramic! Our dog loved it!
    Written July 12, 2023
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  • Richard L W
    Albuquerque, NM12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happened to hit a low-snow week--a rarity in the winter of 2023, so not the 2-feet of dry fluff one hopes for. I feared a bust, with high winds and no new snow. But great guide (Calvin) still found us some fun snow on lower 2/3 of the mountain, in trees and glades. A totally fun day even on perhaps one of their toughest days of the year--and my adult daughter said it was one of her best ski days ever. And if you hit it right--most years, FAR more common than my experience this time--this place is absolutely epic.
    Written March 7, 2023
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  • Gela M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an excellent time exploring Silverton with the Powder Cats crew. The guides are extremely professional and knowledgeable. The ones I spoke to have been guiding in the area for well over 10 years and know the area like the back of their hands. Not only are they spectacular guides, but they're also some of the nicest and friendliest people you'll ever meet. We are already looking forward to coming back next winter.
    Written February 17, 2024
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  • travel644
    104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just knowing that Jimmy Stewart and Audie Murphy filmed parts of the classic film Night Passage on this location is reason enough to stop here, but there is so much more to see. We were passing through Silverton on our way to Grand Junction and couldn't pass this up. On our arrival, we wondered if it were still open since there was only one other car in the lot. Entering in, we learned it would be a self guided tour and just waited a few minutes for two friendly guys to arrive and take our admission fee (bring cash - the credit option requires the old school way of writing all your card info on a paper form!). After that, we just followed the markings. The sheer magnitude of the operations is something to see. For over an hour we felt completely alone walking through the facility, complete with the ore bucket drag line area where Jimmy Stewart stood. There are quite a few steps and metal catwalks, so folks afraid of heights might have some issues. When a mountain breeze blew, we could hear metal roofing and siding creaking and popping, stirring the imagination of what this place might sound like in a blizzard. Very cool! At every turn, we gained a sense of a true industrial operation, stopping to read the descriptive signs. This is no sanitized museum - you can still smell the grease and machinery and think about how loud this place must have been in full operation. The self guided tour fit us very well - we enjoyed taking our time and just absorbing it all. We'd absolutely stop if we ever make it through Silverton again - places like this are getting harder and harder to find. If you're having a hard time trying to decide, just do it. How many times in your life will you ever have an opportunity like this?
    Written February 6, 2024
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  • 80237travel
    Denver, CO1,678 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Silverton is one of the last mountain towns.

    While the setting with its incredible natural beauty and the history of the former mining industry are remarkable, the overall quality of the tourism product is very poor for what you pay.

    It's unfortunate the quality of the tourism product isn't better.

    Of course, I like having an unspoiled town without a huge 400-room ski resort hotel ruining it. That aside, things could be improved.

    Four of five of the shops on main street sell the same t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and stickers. I suppose that's better than having empty storefronts, but do you need need four or five shops selling the exact same tourist swag?

    Silverton really needs a good restaurant with good service. On some days you can't even find a restaurant open for breakfast.
    Written October 6, 2023
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  • CarrLotMama
    Logan, UT83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The water in Ice Lake is some of the bluest I've ever seen! It is an absolutely amazing sight! The hike at times was a little daunting, but the reward of seeing Ice Lake made it worth it. The water is such a deep blue and when the wind blows the water changes to show more shades of blue. It is breathtaking.
    This trail is excellent and a beautiful place to hike. As you go all the way to the Upper Ice Lake it becomes rather treacherous just before the end because of how steep and rocky it is. But it is worth it.
    The views of the mountains are gorgeous. Just be sure to park in the South Mineral parking lot, they have a sign explaining the trail. We got a little lost by following Google Maps.
    Written August 12, 2018
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  • Bee80204
    Denver, CO3,902 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We drove over the pass and stopped at the lookout point. It was a clear day and we could see the lake in the distance. The contrast between the snowy mountain tops at the higher elevation and the ones without snow was breathtaking.
    A sign also informed us that we were breathing in some of the freshest, cleanest air in the United States. I believe it. The air was crisp and clear. It was gorgeous scenery every way you turned. At an elevation of 10,899 feet you can see a long ways away. The parking lot was larger than I expected which was nice. There's a ramp you can walk up or if you have accessibility issues. He climbed over the rocks but I didn't want to. Stop by and see for yourself the amazing views. This scenic overlook is located on the Million Dollar Highway US Highway 550 between Silverton and Durango.
    Written November 4, 2021
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  • Maggie G
    Salina, KS31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'm not a hiking enthusist, but I do hike occasionally. This hike really kicked my butt. Its about 2600 feet of vertical gain over 4.2 miles (if you route through Ice Lakes first). It took me about 3 hours to reach Island lake. I started at 7 am on a Wednesday. There were about 15 other vehicles when I arrived. It took me about 2.25 hours to come back down the mountain. It was exhausting and my feet and legs were on fire. Plan to take water and snacks and to take several stops to catch your breathe. Its not easy. I would not recommend this hike to young children unless you want to carry them! And I would not recommend for older adults who are not in prime shape (or honestly, not young adults who are out of shape). I did however see lots of dogs making the trek. The viewer both lakes is beautiful and the entire hike offers fantastic views and photo opportunities!
    Written September 19, 2020
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  • jabr
    milwaukee9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty amazing, I'm a fan of cemeteries and this one does not disappoint , take the time to visit
    Written December 31, 2023
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  • sunnyhacienda
    Tucson, AZ48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s so refreshing to know that places such as Kendall Mountain Ski Area still exist. It’s affordable, friendly, and the perfect place to learn to ski and/or enjoy uncrowded slopes.
    Written December 26, 2022
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