This is Cliff Palace, a beautiful native ruin in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.
This is Highway 145 just outside of Telluride, Colorado. It’s roads like this that make me love driving.
With legalized marijuana in Colorado comes a newly legitimized and highly profitable industry. I’m not weighing in on the issue, but it did leave me with this colorful shot with the beautiful mountains in the background. This was somewhere in southeastern Colorado.
This was a beautiful scene outside of Fort Garland, Colorado. With the snow on the mountains and the beautiful white clouds, it was hard to tell where the the sky ended and the mountains began.
Wandering around Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site near La Junta, Colorado I was not expecting to see this beautiful peacock roaming around. It was a pleasant surprise in the early morning light.
Bent’s Old Fort, near what is now La Junta, Colorado, was above all things a trading post. I really like this recreated and re-outfitted room displaying the kinds of goods they would have had. It reminded me of Fort Union National Historic Site in North Dakota.
This is the inside of the Fort. The highlight is the press in the center which would compress bison hides and allow them to be packed up for transport east, where they commanded a high price. The fort is near La Junta, Colorado.
I read a lot about Bent’s Old Fort over the winter and was really excited to visit. It was a fascinating stop along the Santa Fe Trail on the frontier in the old west, a place to find a tiny scrap of “civilization” and get a good meal and a trading post with anything you could want or need. Although this is a recreation as the original fort burned down, it is a very cool stop indeed. It is near La Junta, Colorado.
In Ancestral Puebloan culture, the kiva was believed to be the center of communal and ceremonial life. This one is at Spruce Tree House in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.
This is Spruce Tree House, the best preserved cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.
This is the amazing Cliff Palace, an Ancestral Puebloan village dating from around 1300AD. It is in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.
This was a wonderful performance at the cultural center in Cortez, Colorado.
This is Trout Lake, high in the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Colorado. The reflection was just too good to pass up.
This is just outside of the Matterhorn Campground near Ophir, Colorado. Just magnificent out there.
This is Main Street in the wonderfully preserved ghost town of St. Elmo, Colorado.
This beautiful meadow is on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
This is the entrance to Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It definitely calls you back to an earlier era on the road.