Colorado Mining Explored | San Juan Mountains | Ouray, Colorado

Colorado Mining Explored | San Juan Mountains | Ouray, Colorado

Explored the Colorado mining history in the San Juan Mountains near Ouray, Colorado. Spent some time in Ouray and then ventured out to the Silver Cloud, Yankee Girl, Idarado and Chattanooga mines in one day. Great exploration, history, golden aspen trees… and a hidden hot spring! Visited October 1, 2020.


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  1. Beau Gonzales on March 9, 2023 at 2:12 am

    Hope i get to meet you some day in Colorado randy, great videos man

  2. Bob Ross on March 9, 2023 at 2:13 am

    Randy, are you familiar with the Japanese concept of Shinrin-yoku? It translates as Forest bathing; well, you have taken it to a literal level! Those aspen groves were beautiful.

  3. KHATOON on March 9, 2023 at 2:14 am

    Finally mining operators in San Juan mountain area formed San Juan district mining as association in 1903 result of western federation of miners to telluride mining association for eight hours day which had been approved in referendum by 72 percent of Colorado voters new association coslidated. Power of thirty six. Mining properties in San Miguel San Juan counties Sjdma. Refused to consider any reduction in hours or increase in wages helping to provoke bitter strik thank you you are as guide tourist for people around world not only USA citizens only stay safe blessed best wishes for you your loved ones

  4. SmiTHaZ on March 9, 2023 at 2:14 am

    best travel channel on the internet. I think this guy wore out america. I wish he knew spanish and was cool with the cartels cause the geography of vera cruz looks very interesting

  5. James Walker on March 9, 2023 at 2:16 am

    Such a beautiful piece of God’s handywork. My wife and I have been blessed to see the Aspen in September in 2018. Hopefully our trip starting in April will last long enough to see them again this fall. We’re going to head out and kind of go where the road takes us. Planning on spending all our time exploring the west. Thanks for another great video. God bless. 👍🙏👫

  6. Roadtrippin' with Takacs on March 9, 2023 at 2:16 am

    High quality narration as usual. Cool hike! Too bad the mine is flooded. Aspens were gorgeous! 👍 Love the San Juans. The kids and I did a bunch of hikes here the past couple of years. We love the Ouray Perimeter Trail and Highland Mary Lakes hikes.

  7. National Park Wild on March 9, 2023 at 2:18 am

    I hope to go to Utah and Colorado in a few weeks. Another nice video with great footage!

  8. Michael Youngblood on March 9, 2023 at 2:20 am

    Very cool video. Great narration and great visuals. What a beautiful area and those Aspens turning colors are just icing on the cake.

    Really neat find with the secret bathtub. Spots like that are just awesome. My favorite secret spot is Poet’s Table .

  9. Vietnam Walking TV on March 9, 2023 at 2:21 am

    Great tour. Thanks my friend

  10. J H on March 9, 2023 at 2:21 am

    If you return to Silverton check out the Old Hundred mine. There is a boarding house perched high up on the mountain. We hiked the trail that takes you above the boarding house. We did not attempt the scramble down to it. The trail there is very narrow in places. There are 3 open mine shafts on the way. High clearance 4WD is required to get to the trailhead. It takes almost an hour to Jeep from Silverton to the trailhead. The Silverton visitors center can answer questions and give directions.

  11. Robert L Ward on March 9, 2023 at 2:22 am

    You gotta love those solo treks. As much as i enjoy visiting sites with the family/ or a friend, I also enjoy getting out with no distractions and really immerse myself in what im doing. That sure is one stunning area bud. The Hot Spring tub was great! Now that Spring is almost arrived out here, im really itching to get out and see more of whats out there. Looking to head to AZ in a few weeks and do a night fishing clip im excited about w/ a few more AZ stops in April as well. Hope all is well out there in NJ.

  12. American Made Adventures on March 9, 2023 at 2:24 am

    I enjoyed your video! Well done, and entertaining. Thumb up, subbed and shared. Can’t wait to see some of your newer content.

  13. Ahh it’s Katie on March 9, 2023 at 2:25 am

    Wow, those colors!!

  14. Nickypan 43 on March 9, 2023 at 2:25 am

    This was amazing! The narration and cinematography was so great! Plus the views in Colorado can’t be beat!

  15. Dave Johanson on March 9, 2023 at 2:26 am

    Love the golden aspens! That’s a great time of year out there. You’re a courageous man sitting in that rusty tub.

  16. SmiTHaZ on March 9, 2023 at 2:27 am

    you gotta family bro don’t go in the hole.

  17. ConcertsAndVinyl on March 9, 2023 at 2:27 am

    I think I fell asleep when this originally played on my feed, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the video… but I saw this come up and I watched it of course.. and I really like what you did with this video. Do you like going to sites alone?

  18. Julie Smith on March 9, 2023 at 2:30 am

    That looks like a challenging hike with those loose rocks. So beautiful though.

  19. Scott Robertson on March 9, 2023 at 2:33 am

    im 2 days out from being there and my heart is telling me….no bitching at me GO BACK YOU IDIOT!

  20. KHATOON on March 9, 2023 at 2:33 am

    How are you doing guys ihope you are fine happy Easter in advance iwish all days of your life time as spring bright and flowering thank you for your great efforts despite this hard circumstances of global pandemic as always iam gathering main information about places you visited for all subscribers to benefit from here it’s San Juan mountain is high rugged mountain range in Rocky Mountain south western Colorado northwestern New Mexico area is high mineralized Colorado mineral belt figured in gold and sliver mining industry of early Colorado major towns all old mining. Camps included creede lake city sliver ouary telluride large scale mining has ended in region although indenpent prospectors still work. Claims throughout range last large scale mines were sunnyside mine near silverton in which operated until late in 20 century and idarao mine and red mountain pass closed down in 1970s famous old San Juan mines included camp bird smuggler union mines both located between telluride and ouary

  21. Georgia Family | Our National Adventure on March 9, 2023 at 2:35 am

    My favorite little town in that area, although it’s a bit north, is ridgeway. That was my #1 pick for settling down in. I love those mountains.

  22. Mountain Mine Explorers on March 9, 2023 at 2:36 am

    Smart idea not to go inside! I’m a mine explorer here in Colorado and without the right training and gear abandoned mines can quickly become deadly. I’ll check out that mine this summer and make a video on what I find inside!

  23. Jerry Mestas on March 9, 2023 at 2:37 am

    I would’ve jumped into the tub as well after hiking around all day. Awesome place thank you.

  24. al richardson on March 9, 2023 at 2:37 am

    Hello America’s Park’s😊😊, those San Juan Mountains are SPECTACULAR. Really cool to see that old mine shaft and it did look inviting. I remember my time in Ouray and exploring Cascade Falls. The ride leaving Ouray heading south was absolutely breathtaking, and a little nervous as there were no gaurdrails for most of 550 to Durango and Mesa Verde National Park. You know what Randy, you wouldn’t be all that far from Rainbow Bridge, National Monument😊😊! Great video👍👍! My Florida National Parks trip might be early to mid April.

  25. Sara Brown-Janowiak on March 9, 2023 at 2:37 am

    Great video!! Very interesting and informative about the history. Absolutely breathtaking scenery- especially those gorgeous golden aspens!!

    I finally get to take my hubby out to CO this summer. Hitting my favorite- Rocky Mtn Natl and Estes Park 💙🏞🗻 would love to see another Rocky Mtn Natl Park video from you 🙂

  26. potatothorn on March 9, 2023 at 2:39 am

    so much good stuff! great views and love the old wooden buildings. no room for us in that tub hahaha thanks for showing us around

  27. Andy Vawser on March 9, 2023 at 2:40 am

    Very interesting video. Loved all the mining history! Interesting that was one of the only uncovered mining shafts you’ve seen. In Idaho there are tons of old abandoned mines that are completely wide open. Near Silver City, Idaho on War Eagle Mountain there are tons of mining tunnels to explore. I’ve been in several and it is both exhilarating and stressful!

  28. Travel Small Live Big on March 9, 2023 at 2:43 am

    Oh wow – way interesting area! We used to look at little mines in Baja, but they creep me out. That hot tub was awesome! Narration perfection!

  29. Christine Rolle on March 9, 2023 at 2:45 am

    Awesome.Thanks for sharing again.Be safe!!

  30. KHATOON on March 9, 2023 at 2:46 am

    There are was scene of major environmental disaster in 1990s when liner of cyanide laced tailing pond began leaking heavily summit ville in summit ville caldera one of many extinct volcanoes making San Juan volcanic field one la Garita caldera is35 miles large beds of lava some extending under floor of San Luis valley are characteristic of eastern slope of San Juan tourism is part of regional economy with narrow gauge railway between Durango silverton attractions in summer jeeping in old trails is popular historic mining camps including black bear road old ghost towns mountain climbing many old mining camps sites of summer homes ski resort purgatory resort skiing of wolf creek pass at wolf creek ski area there are dozens of summits such as mount Wilson mount sneffeis horse mountains little cone

  31. RockyMtnGobblers on March 9, 2023 at 2:48 am

    The Silver Cloud mine was a Lead Mine with copper and zinc being secondary could not find a year on it.
    Shafts go into the ground where you would need a rope ladder or elevator to enter, adits go into the sides of hills or mountains were you can easily walk in if not blocked.

  32. Jonathan Titus on March 9, 2023 at 2:50 am

    Kudos once again. I love the Aspens–the way they look and the way they sound in the wind. Love your sense of adventure; not sure I would get in that tub! 🙂 Blessings as always.

  33. CampTravelExplore on March 9, 2023 at 2:51 am

    Nice Work Randy! I can’t wait to get the opportunity to explore Colorado myself!!

  34. Angie B,A on March 9, 2023 at 2:52 am


  35. SmiTHaZ on March 9, 2023 at 2:53 am

    what does this dude do if he sees a bear

  36. A WITNESS UNTO ALL NATIONS on March 9, 2023 at 2:57 am

    Great job highlighting the beauty of this area! Enjoyed seeing the bright yellow aspens and awesome drone shots! Informative narration too! 👍

  37. Destination Earth on March 9, 2023 at 2:57 am

    Go see if you can find any gold left in the tailings! Maybe the million dollar highway is called that due to the million dollar views. Incredible. Bath in the woods? Perfect!

  38. David Piersall on March 9, 2023 at 2:57 am

    Back in the 1980’s my parents were on their way to Mesa Verde via the million dollar highway. They were pulling a camper behind them and the steep grade got the better of them and they slowed to almost a crawl. Eventually they were able to regain some momentum and make itover red mountain pass. I remember my Dad telling me therewas a little extra praying going on that day.

  39. Carlos Suarez on March 9, 2023 at 2:59 am

    very nice thankfull

  40. Dawn 1 on March 9, 2023 at 2:59 am

    I’m Canadian and love Colorado! Thank you!

  41. James House on March 9, 2023 at 3:01 am

    Such joy in the San Juan’s!!We love the Ouray area and all it has to offer. Thanks for bringing back the memories and rekindling the desire for another trip up there. Take good care, Randy!

  42. silvio serrano on March 9, 2023 at 3:02 am

    How impressive the colors of this place…amazing Colorado. Congratulations from Brasil. Take care yourself!

  43. mark akira on March 9, 2023 at 3:04 am

    You missed out, there’s a food court just inside that mine with a Chipotle and Panda Express. I’ve noticed the improved, subtle storyline in your recent videos; researched, planned, close- medium-far-overhead shots, in a chronological documentary casual manner. The only thing missing was a rubber duck in the tub. That would’ve been hilarious.

  44. Leslie Smith on March 9, 2023 at 3:06 am

    Hi Randy, you look so happy in that bathtub. It was the perfect way to end a wonderful and very beautiful day. Like so many States, Colorado is really Awesome. Thank you for another very enjoyable video and God Bless You… Robin 🙂

  45. Georgia Family | Our National Adventure on March 9, 2023 at 3:08 am

    This was a fun day exploring! Lots to see out in the back country, although I’d never head into the mine shaft 😆 I love the aspen trees up in the mountains. Nice bathtub find! 🛀

  46. M. T. Metzler on March 9, 2023 at 3:08 am

    Randy, Another wonderful video from America’s Parks of the Aspens at their peak in early October. I really think that is the best time of the year to explore this area, and enjoy Ouray Durango, and Silverton. Smart not to go in that mine, but I really enjoyed you sticking the camera in there so we could get a look. I agree, not room for two in that bathtub! THANKS FOR TAKING US ALONG TO COLORFUL COLORADO, . . . Mike

  47. An Adventure with Nick & Rachel on March 9, 2023 at 3:10 am

    Man I can’t get enough of those trees! What time of year did you visit? Really enjoyed this video great narration and really liked you’re closer lol

  48. PFAM5 on March 9, 2023 at 3:10 am

    The scenery is fantastic! The town, the waterfalls, the mine! Great video as always!

  49. Karl Decker Presents on March 9, 2023 at 3:11 am

    Cool brother, now I know exactly what you were up to that day, lol. The history sure runs deep, can’t imagine how hard that work must have been, building and mining. I wish we had more time so we could have droned some of the huge, dilapidated mining structures. Looked to be the only way to safely explore some of them. Maybe if we can get back to that area some point next summer we can do it together. I think this area is my most anticipated up and coming Adventure Zone. . . .

  50. Adventuring Outdoors With Eric on March 9, 2023 at 3:11 am

    That mine shaft was pretty cool that you looked into that had the water in it! Your shots of the San Juan mountains were beautiful in this video. All the yellow Aspen Trees were breathtaking! That hot springs bathtub 🛀 was super nice! No jumping into that tub is definitely not the craziest thing I seen you do! You have done a lot crazier lol. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us Randy!

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