Rico, Colorado in November. The high peaks are beginning to show new snowpack, but down in town on the banks of the Dolores River at 8,825 feet (2,690 m) the streets are still snow free, the aspen forests now bare of leaves.
The historic buildings of this former silver mining town are still quite stately. The Community Church is just up the street from the orange brick Town Hall building, which once was the Dolores County Courthouse building before the County Seat was moved to Dove Creek. Built in 1891, the building was restored in the 1980s.
"Rico" is Spanish for "rich", named after the silver ore deposits that were once mined starting in the 1870's.
Photo location: Rico, Dolores County, southwest Colorado.
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