Along Route 250 we came across the most beautiful area imaginable, Baker's Bridge. Captain Charles Baker lead an expedition of 15 men in the hopes of finding, and mining, gold. The men camped down by the Animas River, during the winter of 1860 - 1861, at what became known as Animas City. Durango itself had not been founded, named or settled yet. The men endured many hardships; attacks by the Ute Indians, harsh winter conditions, and war...The Civil War. The men who made it through the attacks and weather ended up in an area they named Baker's Park which later became known as Silverton. However, the Civil War forced many to take up arms; those that lived returned, but the landmarks etched upon their maps had been destroyed (mainly trees cut down), and the gold was lost. Legend says that it is still waiting up in the mountains to be claimed.
If you find yourself around the Durango area, take the ride along Route 250 and make sure to stop at Baker's Bridge; enjoy the simplicity of serenity.