Monday, August 25, 2014

Exploring The Cordova Pass, CO.

 The other day brought a trip over the Cordova Pass in the Spanish Peaks. The road is 35 miles of dirt and gravel and can be quite rough in places, and connects the town of Aguilar on the east side and CO 12 on the west side of the pass.

 The views along the 11,248' pass are amazing.

 The Apishapa Arch was built by The Civilian Conservation Corps when building the road in 1933. The road was built through a rock outcropping making the arch.

 Mountain Wild Flowers.

 Views along the East side of the Pass Rd.

 The are many old and abandoned structures along the Rd.

 These are old Coke ovens along CO 12 in Cokedale. Coke is made by removing the moisture, sulpher and phosphorous from coal and is the preferred fuel for smelting iron. In 1909, 350 of the ovens were in operation.

Mountain lake along CO 12.

Our time here in La Veta is up in the morning, and we'll be making our way to the Durango area. We have reservations at Vallecito Lake Resort RV Park, up in the mountains Southeast of Durango. We'll be staying there for at least a week (maybe more) while we explore the San Juan Mountains. We have really enjoyed La Veta, it's a great little mountain town and we highly recommend you visit if you are ever in the area. It's alittle off the beaten path, but that's what makes it a gem of a place.
That's all for now and we'll see you soon from Lake Vallecito.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting coke ovens, wonder if they made S'mores? :c)