A Road Trip through Unit 364
Visiting Colorado? Maybe playing Bridge in Denver? Maybe your eyes look West and take in the mountain ridges away in the distance. Ever wonder what other Bridge challenges could be waiting for you up there? There are many opportunities for Bridge in the mountains and the landscape around these games is truly spectacular. So if you decide to explore Bridge in the mountains – Get to know Colorado West at www.Unit364.org. ALL our clubs are ACBL sanctioned and open to visitors. They will give you a warm welcome. Let me take you on a brief tour.
About 100 miles West from Denver on Interstate 70 (as you come to the 11,000 foot summit of Vail Pass) you will enter Colorado West territory at Vail, Co. In addition to world class skiing Vail is home to two Bridge clubs – The Vail Valley Bridge Club and The Vail Area Bridge Games. From there you could voyage on 100 miles further Westward on the highway and find the club in Grand Junction. In addition, from I-70 you could journey South toward Aspen and find the club in Aspen’s Colorado Mountain College or the “El Je Bridge” club in Basalt.
Highway 133 from the Aspen area will take you over the beautiful McClure Pass (8,755 ft) ending in the towns of Delta and Montrose where more Bridge with two Bridge clubs is waiting! In Montrose you should take the opportunity to drive up to the edge of the Black Canyon – a crevasse in the black volcanic rock 2000 feet above the Gunnison River. From there, travel South on State Highway 550 exploring Bridge games in the ski towns of Telluride and Crested Butte.
Your final adventure continues South to your final bridge game in Durango. Drive through the town of Ouray and on over Red Mountain Pass (11,018 ft – no roadside guardrail – don’t look down) to the National Historical District of Silverton – Much of the town still has unpaved streets and is a delight to explore. Further on, past a ski area called “Purgatory” – I kid you not! – you will find the Durango Bridge Club in the town’s Senior Center.
Bridge in Western Colorado is waiting for you with a warm welcome. If not this time maybe next! All the best and may all your finesses be functional!