After my awesome drive along the little-known Colorado River Road from I-70 to McCoy, Colorado, I was ready to follow any curvy line on the map, with hopes of making another exciting discovery. My destination was Silverthorne, and the easiest way to get there would be to take Colorado Highway 131 south, back to the interstate, and then follow I-70 east for 50 quick miles. Instead, I chose a more circuitous route: north on Colorado 131, east on 134 across Gore Pass, then US 40 south to Kremmling, followed by Colorado 9 south to Silverthorne.
[tmt_info]A better alternative to this route may have been Trough Road, which starts south of McCoy, and connects Highway 131 to Highway 9 near Kremmling. Trough Road continues to follow the Colorado River. I tried to find Trough Road, but ended up on Copper Spur Road, a much rougher county road that turned too rough for a passenger vehicle after a few miles. Trough Road, albeit dirt, appears to be smooth and well-maintained.[/tmt_info]
The scenery anywhere in Colorado is pretty good, so I’m not complaining. But, along this route, I didn’t find many excuses to stop the car and take pictures. Perhaps the most dramatic area was this wide, flat valley along Highway 134, west of Gore Pass.
There were a couple of interpretive signs at this stop, but they were generic — only talking about pine beetles and forest fires, and the natural processes which govern the forests. So, I don’t know if there’s anything special about this place, other than the special feeling you enjoy, traveling a wide-open, serpentine road like this one.
Gore Pass, elevation 9,524 feet, was uneventful. If you manage to notice the pass in time, you can pull off, and read a plaque attached to a stone at the side of the road, that will inform you that the pass is named for Sir St. George Gore, who traveled through here in 1855. A trail was here by 1866, a wagon road by 1874, and a paved highway by 1956.
[tmt_info]The town of Kremmling is just a few miles down the road from here. I drove through without stopping, since I had visited the town before. You can check out my 2010 visit to Kremmling here.[/tmt_info]
Here’s the time-lapse, dash-cam video of the drive from McCoy, Colorado, up 131, over 134, and down US 40, ending at Kremmling: