After a few days at Bayfield, we drove over Wolf Creek Pass to the silver mining town of Creede, sitting 8800 feet above sea level. We passed by Chimney Rock.
The scenery was magnificent.
Anyone who is familiar with the Colorado mountains knows that all this dead trees indicate pine beetle attacks. Over decades, forest fires have been suppressed and the forests have become very dense and not too healthy. That gave the pine beetles a chance to come In and kill the trees.
There were more beautiful sights as we got closer to Creede.