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Unread 12-07-2007, 11:48 PM   #1
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Who's been to Platoro???

I'm taking a week off this summer to jeep around the telluride/ouray area and was looking into spending a night in platoro on the way. I'll be coming from Austin, TX so I was thinking of leaving around 5AM and maybe camping in platoro the first night, then heading through Lake city on the alpine loop over to Ouray on the second day. Is driving through Platoro any fun or is it not worth the time? I can't really find any pictures or trail rightups online for the area. Thanks for any info.

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Unread 12-09-2007, 09:45 PM   #2
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Yeah, I was up there around 15 years ago, a friend had a cabin there. From what I remember, there was a little general store, and some kind of resort at a lake up there. We did some wheeling on the roads and a couple of trails; we didn't have real hard core trail rigs, so we didn't do anything real difficult.

The scenery up there is spectacular, and I'm sure there is plenty of wheeling to be had, as there are lots of forest roads, and I think quite a few mines in the area.

The Alpine Loop is cool, we did it this summer. We went over Ophir Pass to Silverton, did the whole Alpine Loop, and then went back over Imogene Pass to Telluride. This was over a few days; with some local side trips from Silverton thrown it.

Silverton is kind of a dumpy place to stay; next time I think we'll probably try staying in Ouray. If you're at Silverton, I think the Handlebar (bar and grill) is the best place for a meal and a drink. Of course Telluride is a cool place to hang out too.

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