Sunday, October 29, 2017

Colorado, Fall 2017

In mid October, my wife and I set off from Tucson the 500+ miles to Pagosa Springs, Colorado to visit our son. While there, we took the long way round to visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The following day we went off to see where our son lives, then followed Piedra Road into the wilderness. 
Next day we set off to Aspen, on the way crossing the 12,000 foot Independence Pass. We were up pre dawn the next morning for sunrise at Maroon Bells, one of the most photographed locations in the US. Sadly we were way too late for the foliage, but still a very pretty scene. Next day we set off for Rocky Mountain National Park, the road over the pass still being open. We had to go over Independence Pass again. Estes Park on the east side of RMNP was heaving with people, so we carried on to Boulder, where the Aspen foliage must have been at peak. The following day we set off on Interstate 70 for Colorado National Monument. We had snow and icy conditions on the highway, but by the time we passed Vail, it was clear again. After CNM, we ended up in Moab, Utah, and on the way home I missed my turnoff and ended up going through Monument valley. Cost us an hour or two, but we were still home for dinner.


Riff-Raff Brewery, Pagosa Springs


View Point on Wolf Pass


Headwaters of the Colorado River





Black Canyon of the Gunison National Park






Red Mountain


Piedra Road into the wilderness
















Wolf Pass


Old School House


Twin Lakes



Independence Pass




Maroon Bells, Aspen, first rays of the sun on the mountains.




Moose, Maroon Lake



Jerome Hotel Lounge, Aspen


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Glenwood Canyon Brewpub



Independence Pass






Rocky Mountain National Park








After the snow, Vail




Colorado National Monument











Moab, Utah




Monument Valley