Friday, April 10, 2009


The name Telluride came from a saying during the gold rush in the 1800's about the place. If you were going there to mine, they said "to hell you ride". No I'm not making this up. 

The photo (right) of a Jeep coming down Black Bear Canyon Road was taken in the 1970's. It's just as rocky but a bit wider now in places. It's a one-way road (down from the summit) because there is no way vehicles can pass.

I took the photo (above) while coming down Black Bear Canyon above Telluride, Colorado, last year. At present this area is still snowbound. Enough snow melts by mid-July that they open Black Bear Pass. The house you see is not far from the road that parallels the river to the brink of the waterfall. It's simply the neatest location for a house I've ever seen. The cliff the water pours over is roughly one half mile up (about 3,000 ft.) , overlooking the city of Telluride.  The Black Bear Pass road has a reputation of being rough.

You may have guessed by now, that this blog has no particular theme. It's a free association of what I'm thinking about at the moment.


Opus #6 said...

Do they rent out that house??? How cool!!!!

LL said...

I don't know the details of the house. There is a water wheel that provides power and a gondola for the private use of the people who live there. I'm sure there's access from the other side by unimproved road but the place (while spacious) is remote and in an incredibly beautiful spot. The country on the back side of the house is wild and most appealing.

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