– John Adams
Above: Old Glory proudly displayed atop the 150 foot tall Royal Gorge Bridge tower.
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
It's a different kind of whitewater this time of year on the Arkansas River.
|View from Cottonwood Pass looking east.|
The winding and steep road to Cottonwood Pass was recently closed for two years for repaving and other improvements. It reopened in October 2019, offering tourists spectacular 360 degree views. The road is the third-highest paved road in the state and the highest paved crossing of the Continental Divide in the United States. At 12,119 feet at the divide, Cottonwood Pass Road is often closed during winter months beginning in October or November, and usually opening back up in May.
|View from Cottonwood Pass looking west.|
Directions: From Buena Vista, turn west on Main Street and continue for 6.5 miles. The road is also known as County Road 306 (known locally as Cottonwood Pass Road). Turn left onto County Road 344 for 3.4 miles (gravel road). To get to the pass, return to CR 306 and turn left (west) and drive 12.3 miles.
Additional information can be found here.
Located on the "Million Dollar Highway" (Hwy 550) between Ouray and Silverton, Red Mountain has an elevation of 12,598 feet. The photo above was taken at Crystal Lake (elevation 9,610) near the trailhead for the Hayden Trail. There are three peaks that comprise Red Mountain -- the one pictured here is Red Mountain Number 1.
Pictured here are big horn sheep on the side of Pikes Peak — above is a female (ewe) with three little ones (lambs). This day we were fortunate to see many ewes along the side of the road leading up to the peak.
|From the first parking area, follow the signs to the trail.|
|Fremont Peak from the Dakota Ridge Trail|
|Skyline Drive and US Rt. 50 from Dakota Ridge Trail|
|Royal Gorge View (looking east) in June|