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The Best Of Colorado National Monument

The Best Of Colorado National Monument

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Colorado National Monument is near Grand Junction and Fruita in Western Colorado. This area of high desert is on the Colorado Plateau. It was established as a National Monument back in 1911. From Grand Junction you will see the towering walls, spires, and a maze of canyons beckoning travelers to take a closer look. Though the view from outside is also lovely, don’t merely drive by. Heed the lure of the rocks and head on inside! What is the Colorado…

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Make The Most Of A Hike To Hanging Lake

Make The Most Of A Hike To Hanging Lake

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Hanging Lake is an iconic Colorado gem, that is a must-see if you ever find yourself in the Centennial State. It is a gorgeous travertine lake in a cliffside location with lush vegetation and picturesque waterfalls. It is also a National Natural Landmark. Because it is so awe-inspiring and so well-visited, a permit system was instituted. Our personal experience with the permit system was nothing but good. I am a planner and appreciate the security of having a plan and…

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6 Fantastic Photo Ops at Black Canyon of the Gunnison

6 Fantastic Photo Ops at Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in Western Colorado near the town of Montrose. Check out these six locations in the park to get the best views and photos. 1. Gunnison Point This is the easiest place to get a fantastic view because it’s just down from the Visitor Center. Take the stairs and go out to the overlook. You’re essentially on a little peninsula of rock here with great views all around or taking a picture…

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Baumwipfelpfad Steigerwald

Baumwipfelpfad Steigerwald

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Visiting the Baumwipfelpfad was another day trip we went on while in Germany this year. It is a boardwalk that winds through the treetops and then around a circular tower until you are standing 42 meters (138 feet) high looking over the landscape. Along the way there are exhibits, animals, and activity stations. Their website has a neat interactive map with descriptions, videos, and panoramas. Baumwipfelpfad Boardwalk in the Trees The boardwalk was nice and wide so we could push…

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Buena Vista – Hiking & First Maternity Photo Shoot

Buena Vista – Hiking & First Maternity Photo Shoot

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We’d been hankering to get back to Buena Vista for some time. Basically we were waiting until the weather was good enough to take the trailer through the mountains to get out there. A glorious weekend presented itself and we were off. It’s interesting to think about the fact that the last time I was in Buena Vista, I was pregnant, but I didn’t know it yet! We also haven’t de-winterized the trailer yet, meaning we don’t have water in…

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Steamboat Springs, CO – Fall Colors Extravaganza

Steamboat Springs, CO – Fall Colors Extravaganza

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Steamboat Springs has got to be one of the go to places for fall colors in Colorado. There are plenty of others, but considering we were a little later than we would have hoped getting away for the weekend to see the leaves because of a lot of work travel I had been doing, this area still had a lot of color. It’s nice because fall almost seems like it is prolonged in the Denver area because if the leaves…

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Butler Gulch

Butler Gulch

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This was a really fun hike. It is about or just over 5 miles out and back, though the out portion is practically uphill the entire way. There was snow and ice on portions of the trail, enough to make it slippery in some areas. Hiking poles definitely came in handy and Yaktraxs would have been good too in some spots. But most areas were completely snow free. Dogs are allowed on the trail, so we took Maggie along, and…

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St. Mary’s Glacier

St. Mary’s Glacier

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My cousin recommended this hike to us and now we’d like to recommend it to you! Put this on your to-do list for sure. It’s a pretty short hike up to where the snowfield terminates at the lake. Only 3/4 of a mile, but uphill and rocky. Keep left at the forks to continue uphill until you reach the lake. This really is a beautiful area and easy to linger at. Continuing up to the right of the lake, we…

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Rifle Falls State Park

Rifle Falls State Park

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Rifle Falls is one of Colorado’s State Parks. Though there’s something neat about each of the state parks, this one had been near the top of our list for awhile. The lure of waterfalls, lush vegetation, and caves was enough to entice us to visit. There is camping directly in the state park so we took the trailer and set up shop for the weekend. What wasn’t entirely clear was that the facilities only consisted of pit toilets and we…

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Mt. Bierstadt

Mt. Bierstadt

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Mt. Bierstadt is generally considered one of the easiest of Colorado’s 14,000+ foot mountains to climb.  Although there is nothing easy about climbing steep trails at that altitude. From the top of Mt. Evans, Mt. Bierstadt’s summit is less than a mile and a half away.  After driving up there twice, C and I had been thinking a lot about going for a summit bid on foot.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for C to go.  She was on a…

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