The San Juan Skyway winds its way up, over, and through
canyons, mesas, plateaus, mountains, plains, and valleys. The sheer
variety of landforms makes the Skyway a veritable classroom for the
amateur naturalist and historian.
The most complete work published on the natural history of
southwest Colorado's majestic mountain system, The Western San
Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History is
designed to be used while exploring the scenic 235-mile paved San
Juan Skyway, which passes through Durango, Silverton, Ouray,
Telluride, Dolores, and Cortez.
The Western San Juan Mountains covers the physical
environment, the biological communities, the human history, and
points of interest represented on milepost signs along the highway.
Some of the many topics covered include: how the San Juan Mountains
were formed; why the landscape is so rugged and picturesque; why
the vegetation changes from the lowlands to the alpine heights;
energy and mineral resources of the area; why these mountains
intrigued early explorers; factors that influence the unpredictable
weather; and the first-known inhabitants.
The contributions to this guide include Fort Lewis College
geologists, biologists, archaeologists, historians, and other
specialists. Together they have amassed more than one hundred years
of study based not only on previous work but on their own
This generously illustrated guidebook is aimed at all those who
wish to understand this intricate mountain system in much greater
detail than provided by most picture books.
Subjects: Biological Sciences, Zoology, History
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