Stoney Pass was the route used by prospectors and traders from Sante Fe to the San Juan Mountains.
As communities like Silverton grew along the Animas River, the road was made over the Continental Divide where the Rio Grande river begins. Stoney was used to bring freight and by families with wagons. It is said they had to take the wagons over some parts of Stoney Pass in pieces packed on mules it was so steep and rough. This route was used until the Rio Grande railroad was completed from Durango to Silverton.
Our route began East of Gunnison up Cochetopa Creek, Los Pinos Creek through the Gunnison Natl Forest, Cebolla Creek to Mill Creek through Powderhorn Wilderness, Slumgullion Pass to Rio Grande Reservoir Road along the Rio Grande (we camped above the Rio Grande at this point), Stoney Pass over Continental Divide, Howardsville, Silverton.
The images aren't necessarily in the order of this route.