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Ophir Pass, San Juan Mountains, San Miguel County
Maroon Bells, Elk Range, Pitkin & Gunnison Counties
East Lost Creek, Lost Creek Wilderness, Park and Jefferson Counties
Butler Gulch, Jones Pass, Clear Creek County
Lost Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park
Trail to Judd Falls, West Elk Mountains, Crested Butte
Herman Gulch, Arapaho National Forest, Summit County
Aspen Forest Dunkley Pass, Routt National Forest
Loveland Lakes, Loveland Pass, Summit County
High Creek Fen, South Park, Park County.
Horseshoe Cirque, Mosquito Range, Park County
East Lost Park, Lost Creek Wilderness, Park County
Staunton State Park, Park and Jefferson Counties
Subalpine Meadow, West Elk Mountains, Gunnison County
Michael Remke took this photo in the La Plata Mountains, a small subrange of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado, about 12 miles northwest of Durango. The La Plata Range contain 18 peaks over 12,000', the tallest being Hesperus Mountain at 13,237'. La Plata means "silver" in Spanish and the mountains were heavily mined for silver, gold, lead and copper in the past.
Wheeler Geologic Area
Wheeler Geologic Area in the La Garita Mountains of Mineral County contains eroded pinnacles of volcanic ash what were formed 25 million years ago by eruptions from the La Garita Caldera. The area is located about 10 miles east of the old mining town of Creede. Wheeler is accessible by a 7-mile trail or a very rough 14-mile road, best used by ATVs. Photo by Linda Boley.
San Juan Mountains
This photo was taken by Tom Lebsack from near the top of the Governor Basin OHV road southwest of Ouray. The peaks are, from the left, Stony Mountain (closest), Mt. Sneffels in the far background, Teakettle Mountain and Potosi Mountain in the shadow. The flowers are mostly Rosy Paintbrush. The Governor Basin Road is a 15.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ridgway, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate.
Prairie at West Bijou Ranch
West Bijou Ranch (at the time, in 2003, it was part of the Plains Conversation Center; now its a national natural landmark property managed by the Savory Institute on the eastern edges of Arapahoe and Elbert counties. This 7,500 acre ranch, dominated by shortgrass prairie, is home to a majestic herd of bison, and archeological and cultural assets, such as the famous K-T Boundary. (the K-T Boundary is the transition between the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods of geologic time characterized by a mass extinction of many forms of life, the boundary is only found in certain rocks exposed by erosion. Photo by Skot Latona
South Platte River, South Platte Park
South Platte Park in Littleton, just north of C470 along the South Platte River. The South Platte River is one of two tributaries of the Platte River (the other being the North Platte River). It in turn has two tributaries, The Middle Fork which arises from Mt. Lincoln, a 14,293-foot fourteener in the Mosquito Range, and the South Fork which originates in South Park. Photo by Skot Latona
Shrine Ridge Trail, Summit County
The Shrine Ridge Trail is located at exit 190 off of I-70 between Frisco and Copper Mountain. It is rated as a moderate hike, 4.3 miles out and back with an elevation gain of 900 feet to 11,905 feet. The trail is very popular, and is most known from its wonderful wildflowers and birds. Photo by Carol McGowan
Jura Knob, San Juan Mountains, San Juan County
Jura Knob is located near Coal Bank Pass on Route 550 in the San Juan Mountains. It is 14 miles south of Silverton and 35 miles north of Durango. Its elevation is 12,614 feet. Photo by John Bregar.
The Dillon Pinnacles, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Gunnison County
The Dillon Pinnacles, which tower above Blue Mesa Reservoir in Gunnison County were formed by volcanic eruptions into brecca rock towering spires, rising to 7,800 feet. Photo by Mo Ewing
Summit Lake, Mt. Evans, Clear Creek County
Summit lake is a tarn (alpine lake), located 12,836 feet in a glacial cirque on the north face of Mt. Evans (14,271 ft. elevation). Part of the Pike and Arapaho National forest, it was incorporated into the Denver Mountain Parks System in 1924 and was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1965. Photo by Dina Baker
Fletcher Mountain, Tenmile Range, Summit County
This photo was taken by Tom Lebsack from below Fletcher Mountain (13,908') near the end of the McCullough Gulch Trail. McCullough Gulch Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located south of Breckenridge that features wildflowers, a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October.