A Camping Story – Our Southern Colorado Trip Part 3

I didn’t forget about part 3 of our awesome camping trip — don’t worry! After Durango, we took the incredibly beautiful drive along Million Dollar Highway. Our drive consisted of 3 mountain passes along one of the most gorgeous roads in all of the land. For real. If you ever have the chance, drive this road. Our destination for this leg was Ridgway State Park where we had full hook-ups. This means SHOWERS. Can I get a hallelujah?! That was wonderful. Before we showered, however, we walked down to the ponds and did some fishing. We all caught fish and both kids did it all on their own — casting, setting the hook, and bringing ’em in. It was a really fun afternoon. EmJ even caught a crawdad! We kept some fish to cook the next evening over the fire. This is something both Jeff and I did as kids, so we wanted to make sure our kiddos had that experience too. Later that afternoon, Jeff also caught a fish on the Uncompahgre River, which was super rad. The next day we went into Ouray — affectionately known as “The Switzerland of America.” There really aren’t words — just put it on your bucket list. We played in the hot springs pools, ate lunch at a local place called Maggie’s (a definite must if you are in Ouray and like amazing burgers), had a beer and played eye-spy on the rooftop of a bar, and grabbed some groceries. On the way back to camp, we stopped at this delicious homemade ice cream shop, of course. That night, Jeff got the fish ready and cooked them over the fire. EmJ was a little stressed about it because she thought she had to eat the whole fish (carcass and eyeballs included), but once we told her she just needed to eat the meat, she was much happier. They were so tasty! I have a few pictures from my big girl camera, but this post is almost all cell phone pictures. Here we go!

maren miller photograhy | camping | ridgway state park

Out Dolores’ Door: Ridgway State Park

maren miller photograhy | camping | ridgway state park

This girl adores this sweet dog.

maren miller photograhy | camping | ridgway state park

A little shadow play!

maren miller photograhy | camping | ridgway state park

Below are all the cell pictures from this leg!

Just a few glimpses into the beauty of the drive over Million Dollar Highway.

This is Red Mountain Pass — one of my favorite parts of the drive. As a kid, we drove this road to Durango to visit my grandparents, so it has some really cool memories for me too.

She was SO proud of this crawdad. She saw it and baited it all herself!

Who doesn’t like a swing-chair?!

Typical Luke. Ha!

So yummy!

Part 4 coming soon(er than this one!)

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I tell stories through photos. I dance in the car, I laugh big, and I love fiercely.


Northern Colorado storytelling photographer.