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Silverton Colorado - Rick Russell's Off Highway Adventure Series: Silverton, Colorado - Media Review

Posted in Features on June 1, 2001
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Contributors: Mark Nobles

For those who enjoy the ghost towns, abandoned mines, and discarded remnants of centuries past, the Old West is a real treasure. Four-wheelers who have explored such trails as Imogene Pass, Animas Forks, and Black Bear Pass know that the country around Silverton, Colorado, provides some of the most scenic and historically interesting off-roading imaginable.

In his latest video, which covers Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride, Rick Russell takes his viewers on a guided trip along the historic mining roads that crisscross these mountains, stopping along the way to explore ghost towns, mill sites, railroad beds, and long-abandoned mining camps. The footage is colorful and unhurried and will certainly whet the off-road appetite of any four-wheeler in search of new territory to explore.

Adding a new dimension to his video series, Russell has also included a backcountry map of the whole area that indicates off-road routes, graded and secondary roads, lakes and creeks, as well as all major highways. You'll find brief histories of each of the towns, along with GPS coordinates for each of the trails and routes. This is an excellent addition that Russell tells us will be a standard part of all of his future videos.

For those who are unfamiliar with southwestern Colorado and all that it holds for the adventurous four-wheeler, this video is the perfect introduction.

Further Facts: Rick Russell's Off Highway Adventure Series (ISBN 1-880824-58-2) is published by Sidekick Off Road, 12188 Central Ave., Ste. 352, Chino, CA 91710, (877) 628-7227,

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