|"Last Dollar Road" Colored Pencil|
It's a wet spring day in southwestern Colorado. Along a rough edge of the San Juans, sculpted spires are an astonishing work of art. Standing in an ochre meadow, a grove of gray aspen is topped with a canopy of fresh green while olive-colored hills rise into a seamless transition with the silver mountains.
Hayden is the prominent centerpiece of this fine bouquet of pretty peaks. Slightly offset, the festive summit to the right is aptly named North Pole. This open passage over the magnificent mesa described here will lead the lucky driver on an epic adventure.
To find this place, come down out of the Black Canyon, head south from Montrose along the Uncomphagre Plateau, take a right at Ridgeway and you'll discover the Dallas Divide. Up top there's a dirt path that's an obscure shortcut to the town of Telluride.
Snaking through the Sneffels Range, the scenic side-trip may slow your car down but the divine drive will raise your spirits up. So, if you ever find yourself in Ridgeway, make sure you've got some money in your pocket and take the secret, Sunday drive down Last Dollar Road.