The drive back from SW CO

Remember when I went to Telluride? Well I had to come back eventually. Our drive back on Sunday of the long weekend was set up to be a long day of driving, but with stops along the way to make it as manageable as possible.

When your stops including Crested Butte, Monarch Pass, and driving along the San Juan Skyway, things are definitely manageable.
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First, we drove through Curecanti National Recreation Area. The name alone should have you hooked. But check this shit out. HAVE YOU SEEN WATER THIS BLUE BEFORE? Okay, maybe I have too. I get excited. It was very nice.

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We had some peaceful moments upon cliffs and kept trucking. After a bit, we arrived at our most anticipated stop: Crested Butte. I repeat…. CRESTED. BUTTE. In case you have your head in a can in the middle of the ocean and haven’t heard of CB, I will elaborate (I’m only kidding I recently learned all this).

Crested Butte is the world’s cutest mountain town, with a population of about 1500 people. More than 1500 people went to high school with me. Wikipedia tells me it is now called “the last great Colorado ski town”, and Heidi Montag weirdly grew up here. It’s just the best wee little community town.

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After a difficult tshirt buying experience, we were on the road again. Did you guys know the Continental Divide (which splits water to either Atlantic or Pacific Oceans) runs through Colorado? And luckily for us, that means cool Continental Divide passes to drive over. People bike these passes, btw. These people are insane. We drove over the famous Monarch Pass, which my coworker told me is one of the most scenic of passes.

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I have such graceful descents.

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It is has a scenic tramride – the oldest in the state, providing unparalleled panoramic views!!! So of course it had closed for the season about a week before we got there. But still, very lit.

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Then we were set off for home, cruising through the San Juan Skyway. If you’re looking for a scenic byway to drive through during a beautiful fall day… this is for you.
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Besides getting stuck in a massive line of traffic, the rest wasn’t so bad! Lots of driving packed into 3 days, but worth the views and adventures for sure. See ya soon, Southwest Colorado.

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