The San Juan mountains in Colorado have to be my favorite place on earth. Some of these mountains rise higher than 14,000 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level! The roads on Engineer Pass and Cinnamon Pass take you above 12,000 feet. There are numerous old gold mines and ghost towns along these roads. Most SUV's can make it along each road but there are some rough spots. A great way to see this part of the country is to leave early from Ouray, Colorado and drive over Engineer Pass to Lake City, Colorado for lunch. Then the trip continues on over Cinnamon Pass, through the old ghosttown of Animas Forks and then to Silverton, Colorado.
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