Friday, June 23, 2017
This scenic adventure takes you through some spectacular scenery which makes this area so special. The winding loops and the uphill climbs made by the classic steam engine which was used during the old mining days to haul ore provided for a unique experience. All the passengers had smiles on there faces as they enjoyed the view high up in the Rocky Mountains.
Georgetown, CO is known for it's rich history during the gold rush days during the 18th century. Much of it's charm comes from this history as many of the buildings and shops beckon back to these early days
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Located on the banks of the Colorado River this new facility with it's pools nicely placed on the banks of the river provide a spectacular way to relax and take in the vistas of the surrounding mountains. The hot mineral waters of the springs that feed these pools are a very soothing providing a welcomed res bit for those who come to relax and heal. The staff is very friendly and there is a cafe that serves great food and even libations. We left so relaxed and ready for a good nights sleep at our next stop at Gore Creek, a national forest service campground just 60 miles east of Glenwood Springs very near Vail, CO.
|White water rafting on the Colorado River|
|One of the ten pools at Iron Mountain Hot Springs|
|Vista's and hot spring pools making for a very relaxing day|
|Gore Creek Campground|
|Our campsite about ten yards from Gore Creek|
|Vail as seen from the entrance of Gore Creek with I70 curving through the mountains|
Monday, June 19, 2017
Located near Montrose, Colorado this beautiful canyon is a place that can take your breath away with it's deep cliffs that drop off some 2,000 feet to the Gunnison River. We camped out in the park at an elevation of about 8,500. Up here the air is thin but the views are spectacular with clear vistas reaching out for over 100 miles to the Grand Mesa and beyond. This is nature at it's best. The night skies are illuminating with the entire milky way visible from horizon to horizon.
|Gunnison Point near the Visitors Center|
|The Gunnison River from Gunnison Point|
|Our Campsite in the park|
|Nice shady spot to enjoy our time at the park.|
|View of the surrounding mountains nearby on a very clear day.|
|Sunrise as seen from our campsite|
|The Visitors center at Black Rock Canyon taken from Gunnison Point Overlook|
|Deer who commonly visited out campsite|
|Cliffs of the Black Canyon with The Grand Mesa some 50 miles away in the background|
|View from Pulpit Rock lookout into the Canyon with The Gunnison River raging below|
|The Painted Wall|
|The white water rapids of the Gunnison below the Painted Wall|
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Located in southwest Colorado with a view of the majectic San Juan Mountains this little oasis is located on a reservoir which draws visitors who cool off in it's refreshing waters.
After a nice campfire the next morning we drove into Telluride, CO., about an hours drive through some of the best scenery out here. The day we arrived was the first day of Telluride's yearly Blue Grass festival. We had a real special time in this beautiful mountain town enjoying the blue grass musicians performing in the town square
We enjoy this part of Colorado as it is so beautiful with the rugged San Juan mountains framing the landscape like a portrait. Ridgeway, CO, an historic western mountain town, is well known as the home to many of some of the best western movies which were filmed in the surrounding area starring John Wayne and other actors of that period of time so many years ago. The True Grit cafe in the center of town has memorabilia lining the walls making for an interesting place to stop to have lunch of dinner. This town in southwest Colorado embraces it's heritage.
On the way back to Ridgeway State Park we stopped by Dennis Weaver Memorial Park. Dennis Weaver was the deputy who played Chester in the TV series Gunsmoke. He made Ridgeway his home. He passed away in 2007 at his home nearby. This park was designed by his family and is has as it's center peace a beautiful statue of an eagle. Dennis believed that he found direction in live through nature and the eagle represented a vision of unlimited potential through the birds ability to soar through the air almost effortlessly.
Our next stop on this trip will be to The Black Canyon National Park. I will be postings next as soon as I get back to a area where I can gather in a signal. Be sure to come back soon.