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 . 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. 500 mountains destroyed because of mining by coal companies in the appalachians mountain ecological disaster mountains of silver life in colorados red mountain mining district 3 years ago 0 views douglasdonaldson follow mountains of silver life in colorados red mountain mining district autoplay. Colorado san juan mountains scenic drive red mountain mining district row of wooden dwellings near idorado mine the high point of the spectacular 80 mile section of us 550 through the san juan mountains is 11018 foot red mountain pass named after the colorful mineralized peaks that rise above the east side of the highway. There were reportedly only four people over a twenty year span who died from sickness yet many a man met his maker on red mountain as the result of mining accidents snow slides or gunshot wounds millions of dollars were eventually taken out of the red mountains during its heyday the mining district was surpassed in colorado only by leadville
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