Category Archives: Colorado

The Alpine Loop

Ouray, Lake City and Silverton, CO September 13, 2016 The National Scenic Backcountry Byway is called the Alpine Loop by jeep travelers.  It encompasses 75 miles of road carved through the breathtaking San Juan Mountains. Along the route we encountered … Continue reading

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Animas Loop

Ironton Park, Colorado September 8, 2015 We got an early start from Ironton Park and drove up the ever interesting Corkscrew Gulch.  The scenic old narrow mining road starts at 9,800 ft and climbs to 12,600 ft of elevation. This … Continue reading

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the mountain west

August 18, 2015 Montrose, Colorado Richard E. Fike founded the Museum of the Mountain West in 1997. He is a retired historical archaeologist having served as state archaeologist for the Bureau of Land Management in both Utah and Colorado. Fike … Continue reading

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Owl Creek Pass

August 15, 2015 Ridgway, Colorado We enjoyed a jeep ride over Owl Creek Pass from Ridgway to Montrose.  The wildflowers were still on display at elevation.  This is a view of the famous field where the final scene from “True … Continue reading

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the hanging flume

August 5, 2015 Along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic & Historic Byway A small group of jeeps followed the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic & Historic Byway today.  It was a beautiful drive through the Dolores Canyon carved by the Dolores River. It was a … Continue reading

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The Black Canyon

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Montrose, Colorado July 30, 2015 To me, all of our national parks hold something unique and beautiful.  The steep walls of the Black Canyon range in depth from 2,700 feet north of … Continue reading

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