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San Juan Mountains

  • Mt. Sneffels at Sunset

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    At 14,157 feet, Mt. Sneffels is the highest peak in the Sneffels Range and the highest point in Ouray County. It is named after the Icelandic volcano Snæfell, which was featured in Jules Verne's novel A Journey to the Center of the Earth.
    Mt. Sneffels at Sunset
  • Old Hundred Mine, Silverton

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    Structures from the Old Hundred Mine cling to the side of Mt. Galena in the San Juan Mountains in San Juan County.
    Old Hundred Mine, Silverton
  • Signing of the Brunot Agreement, 1873

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    Portrait of the signatories of the 1873 Brunot Agreement. Front row, left to right: Guero, Chipeta, Ouray, Piah. Second row: Uriah M. Curtis, Major J. B. Thompson, Gen. Charles Adams, Otto Mears. Back row: Washington, Susan, (Ouray's sister) Johnson, Jack and John.
    Signing of the Brunot Agreement, 1873
  • Remnants of Old House on Red Mountain Pass
  • Red Mountain

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    Red Mountain is a set of three peaks between Ouray and Silverton, Colorado. The reddish color comes from iron ore. This area is also know as the Red Mountain Mining District, which is known for the silver produced as well as gold, iron, copper and other minerals.
    Red Mountain
  • Lower Ice Lake Basin

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    Many people say that Ice Lake trail is the most beautiful one in San Juan mountains. The lower Ice Lake Basin is covered in wildflowers in late July and early August.  More information
    Lower Ice Lake Basin
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Rob Blair, ed., The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1996).

Dawn Bunyak, “Shenandoah-Dives Mining Company: A Twentieth-Century Boom and Bust,” Colorado Heritage (Spring 2003).

Andrew Gulliford, “The Guns of Imogene,” The Durango Herald, November 8, 2009.

Jonathan Thompson, “Silverton’s Gold King reckoning,” High Country News, May 2, 2016.

Eric Twitty, “Historic Mining Resources of San Juan County, Colorado,” US Department of the Interior, National Park Service Form 10-900 (Denver: History Colorado, 2010).

Additional Information: 

Carl Abbott, Stephen J. Leonard, and Thomas J. Noel, Colorado: A History of the Centennial State, 5th ed. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2013).

Rob Blair and George Bracksieck, eds., The Eastern San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2011).

David P. Smith, Mountains of Silver: The Story of Colorado’s Red Mountain Mining District (Boulder: Pruett Publishing Company, 1994).

Duane A. Smith, San Juan Gold: A Mining Engineer’s Adventures, 1879–1881 (Montrose: Western Reflections Publishing Company, 2002).

Duane A. Smith, Song of Hammer and Drill: The Colorado San Juans, 1860–1914 (Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 2000).

Thomas J. Noel and Duane A. Smith, Colorado: The Highest State, 2nd ed. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2011).