The Alpine Loop back country byway, one of the finest examples of our nation's back country byway systems. Seventy-five miles of road carve through the breathtaking San Juan Mountains connecting the towns of Lake City, Ouray, Telluride, Ophir, and Silverton. Routes through the mountains follow ancient paths warn by Native Americans traversing the region as the returned to traditional summer camps. In the Late 1800s, miners in search of precious metals widened these paths to accommodate horse- and mule-drawn wagons and built additional roads to access mines. Today, the remains of ghost towns, mines, mills, aerial trams, and railroads, are prominent reminders of the region's extensive mining history.
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