One of my favorite things about living in Grand Junction is the close proximity of so many different scenic areas.You go east and in about an hour you have the beauty of Glenwood Springs (and Canyon). Travel west and in just over an hour, you can drive through Canyonlands and Arches National Park. Travel north and...don't travel north unless you're escaping to Canada. But, my favorite drive is to the south where you can gaze upon some of the most amazing mountain towns in the world.

This weekend, I once again loaded the Holliday family truckster so my wife could use her fancy camera and our chosen destination was Ouray. We got a little carried away and also included Silverton in our trip. In total, my wife took a staggering 455 pictures. Not exaggerating. I counted. Here are the best of the best of the Colorado beauty we experienced today.