Red mountain pass elevation 11018 ft 3358 m is a mountain pass in the san juan mountains of western colorado in the united states the pass straddles a divide that separates ouray and san juan counties the pass is named for the nearby red mountain on the northeast side of the pass the name is derived from the iron oxide laden rock that forms their slopes. Located between silverton and ouray along the million dollar highway in southwest colorado is the red mountain mining district which was the site of a historic silver boom from 1882 until 1893 in the beginning only low grade discoveries were made in the first few years of mining activity. A little over a century ago the red mountain mining district in the san juan mountains of southwestern colorado was the scene of a silver rush with an output of precious metals second in colorado only to that of leadville in a period of less than twenty five years more than thirty million . Abebookscom mountains of silver life in colorados red mountain mining district 9781890437367 by p david smith and a great selection of similar new used and collectible books available now at great prices. By the afternoon return trip the sun had melted much of the morning snow to reveal the true colors of red mountains 1 2 and 3 the historic yankee girl mine with its distinctive headframe is representative of the many surviving and restored mining buildings in the district the red mountain mining district has undergone extensive
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