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Last Dollar Road
Bruce Tohill took this photo of Silvery Lupine along Last Dollar Road. This bumpy dirt road runs from Telluride to Ridgeway through some gorgeous vistas of flowers and mountains. It takes 2-3 hours to drive and does not require a 4-wheel drive vehicle, but it is a challenging road best avoided after rain. It was used as a mining supply road in the 1800s.
Ice Lake, San Juan National Forest
Sue McGowan took this photo of Ice Lake, which is located in the San Juan National Forest near Silverton Colorado. The trail to the lake is 8.2 miles long and goes through two lake basins filled with wildflowers and past numerous waterfalls with beautiful peaks in the background.
Castilleja at Jones Pass Sunset
Bruce Tohill took this photo of Castilleja at Jones Pass in Clear Creek County. Jones Pass is a 12,454 pass located beyond Empire. Jones Pass Road begins just before the first big curve at the bottom of Berthoud Pass west of Empire. It is 7.5 mile out and back drive on a dirt road that is maintained by the Arapaho National Forest. There are excellent wildflowers, remnants of Colorado mining history and gorgous alpine views. Fine for 2-drive cars with good clearance.
Capitol Creek with Daly and Capitol Peaks
William Bowman took this photo at Capitol Creek with Daly and Capitol Peaks in the background. Capitol Creek is south of Basalt. Mount Daly is located in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area and is 13,300 feet tall. Capitol Peak is 14,130' tall. The Capitol Peak Trail (15.1 miles) starts at Snowmass Village and climbs 5,029' to the saddle between Capitol and Daly Peaks.
King's Crown on th Powder Pass Trail
Tom Lebsack took this photo photo of the King’s Crown from the Black Powder Pass trail east of Breckenridge, at about 11800 ft. The view is of the southern portion of the Ten Mile Range with Quandary Peak on the left
Shale Hill, Comanche National Grasslands
Steve Olson took this photo called "Winds, Clouds and New Mexico Feathergrass". The photo was taken at Shale Hills in Otero County, 8 miles west of CO-109 above David Canyon Road, just south of La Junta. It is in the Comanche National Grasslands
Populus tremuloides, Dallas Divide
Dallas Divide is a 8,983' mountain pass, on Highway 62, 12 miles west of Ridgeway, CO in the San Juan Mountains. Photo by Laurie Paulik.
Populus Tremuloides San Juan Mountains
Populus Tremuloides San Juan Mountains. Photo by Dave Elin
Horsethief Canyon, Colorado River
Horsethief Canyon, Colorado River at Sunset, Mesa County. Photo by Mo Ewing.
Blanca Peak in the Sangre de Cristos
Blanca Peak is the 4th tallest mountain in the Rocky Mountains, at 14,351 feet. It is in the the Sangre de Cristo Range, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Blanca Peak once had two glaciers, North Glacier and South Glacier until they melted some time after 1903. Photo by Dave Elin, won 3rd place in the CoNPS 2016 Photo Contest.