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Deep In The San Juan Mountains


Looking toward Tower Mountain
Silverton, Colorado — June 2007
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

We very much miss seeing this view, which was taken from the upper-end of our property near Silverton, Colorado.  We bought the seven acre mining plot on a lark, hoping to build a cozy cabin on it later… but that was not meant to be.

The elevation at the lower end of our property line was 11,300 feet, and it topped out right at 12,000 feet — a very steep and high piece of real estate for anything to be built upon.  It was only after we started getting construction estimates that we learned that all of the building materials would have to flown in by helicopter, as the road was too treacherous for that purpose (even for 4-wheel drive vehicles).  Plus, the building season was only 6-weeks long per year (the beginning of July through the second week of August), so it would take several years before the cabin was completed.

After all the costs were tallied up, a cozy cabin here would have cost us in the neighborhood of $300K-to-$400K minimum, and would not have been connected to the power grid… and that was money we just didn’t have.  So we enjoyed it as a stupendous camping location for many years, before we finally sold it to some other dreamers.

We check on the property via Google maps from time to time, but no one else has built a cabin there either.

2 thoughts on “Deep In The San Juan Mountains

    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Oh yeah… the vistas out west can be over-the-top spectacular!

      When my family moved east to Connecticut in the early 1970’s, I was stunned by what the locals called “mountains”, because — clearly — they had no idea what they were talking about.

      To keep it in perspective, the vertical difference between where I’m standing to take this image (around 11,600 feet) and the mean elevation of Tennessee (900 feet according to Google), is just over 10,700 feet. Meaning that we would have to drill down more than two miles to reach the same height. 🙂

      As much as I have come to enjoy parts of New England, the Mid-Atlantic region, and points south — I’ve never truly loved it like I do the American West.

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