U.S. 34 through Rocky Mountain Park takes one over the highest point on any U.S. highway, 12,183 feet [3713 meters]. I drove it in June 1964. I don’t have great pictures from that drive, but I have great memories of snow capped mountains – which probably improved in my memory as the years passed. I wanted Alie to see it. But when we drove that way together, the road was still closed by snow.
We finally made it in September 2018. At that point, there was no snow. By coincidence, it was “National Public Lands Day,” and all U.S. parks were free, so it was crowded.
As is often the case with old memories, the drive was not as good as I hoped. But it was lovely, gave us a good orientation to the West side of the park, and we enjoyed the next couple of days seeing the fall colors, hiking and looking at the animals.
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Date of our visit: 22 September 2018