the wandering chick
a summer close to Heaven
Trout Lake
horses on Echo Basin Road
Echo Basin Road and Ranch
aspens on big al trail
Idaho Springs to Glenwood Canyon and Leadville
Turquois Lake near Leadville
Mesa Verde Natl Park
Mesa Verde
the San Juan Skyway

In the summer of 2010, I was returning to southern Utah from Branson, Missouri. I blew across Kansas and took a little more time in Colorado.

I had been to the Pike's Peak area on a family vacation while in my teens, but that had been the extent of Colorado travel until 2010. I came in on the Interstate 70 until I hit Limon where I took a short little detour on State Highway 86 to Castle Rock, then up the Insterstate 25 through Denver.

Once I got west of Denver, I started paying attention to the scenery and decided that at some point, I'm going to have to come back and "see Colorado well." I continued on through Idaho Springs where I spent the first night. The next day, I headed south on State Highway 91 to Leadville, ran across the Lakeview Campground where I set up camp and spent the night. After a hearty breakfast in Leadville, I took in Leadville and the steam train tour that goes up to Bartlett Mountain, then took off up State Highway 24 to Vail. From there I got back on the Interstate 70 bound for Grand Junction with a grand stop at Glenwood Canyon.

It was a quick trip, just enough to make me reailize I needed to return. Hence, this summer of 2012.

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San Juan Natl Forest hikes
the Great Sand Dunes Natl Park and Preserve
Great Sand Dunes NP

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the royal gorge park
wolf creek pass
Here and There
the Royal Gorge and Park
Trail Ridge Road
Cripple Creek
Colorado Springs
air force academy chapel interior
Rocky Mountain NP and Estes Park
bristlecone pine
the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining District
Highway 9

The Mount Goliath Nature Area A Bristlecone Pine Forest

Highway 9
the Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs
On Gore Pass, SR134
Highways 134 and 131
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
and the Green Mtn Reservoir
Lake Granby
the Arapaho Natl. Rec. Area
Granby and Monarch Lakes
Glenwood Canyon bike path
out by its lonesome
Mt. Sopris
the Roaring Fork Valley
the Maroon Bells
the Maroon Bells
the Grand Mesa
the Grand Mesa
the Colorado Natl Monument
the Colorado Natl Monument in Grand Junction
the Glenwood Canyon bike path
and with fall colors
hiway 145 in fall
the West Elk Loop
Auto Museum at Gateway Canyons Resort
the Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Fall pictures have been added.
the Unaweep Scenic Byway and Gateway Canyons Resort
and with fall colors
Mancos Balloon Fest
a Balloon Fest, Mancos
the Black Canyon of the Gunnison
durango&silverton train
and the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Train Tour
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Springs
Cheyenne Mtn Zoo
Pike's Peak
pikes peak
tower in manitou springs
garden of the gods see thru rock
closeup of bear
a leaf-peeping tripa leaf-peeping trip
the West Elk Loop