Tag Archives: National Parks

We visit the biggest sand pile in the U.S.

Descending from Wolf Creek Pass on U.S. 160 through the San Juan mountains of Colorado, one meets the Rio Grande River at South Fork and enters the broad San Luis Valley.  The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are on one side, … Continue reading

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Why the Ancients disappeared: Southwest United States

Early First Americans once lived in the four corners area where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico meet.  Often called “cliff dwellers” because of their homes built into the cliffs, they also lived on top of the plateaus, originally in … Continue reading

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Carved by the Gunnison River in Western Colorado, the Black Canyon is just 40 feet wide at its narrowest point. Its walls vary in height from just over 1800 feet to over 2700 feet.  It is not the deepest canyon … Continue reading

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One man’s dream: Colorado National Monument

Once again, we came upon the power of one person [or perhaps a few] to make a difference to a community.  We had seen it at the Hubble Trading Post where Hubble made a difference to the local Navajos, in … Continue reading

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A walk in the woods: Rocky Mountain National Park

Alie enjoys a walk in the woods.  That is our term for any time away from crowds in a natural setting, be it a forest, a meadow or even a beach. Getting away from people our first day in Rocky … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain high

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 … Continue reading

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The extreme log cabin: Old Faithful Inn

Much has been written about Yellowstone National Park, the U.S.’s first National Park [1872] and the world’s largest collection of geysers, hot springs and other hydro-thermal features.  It encompasses a 30 mile by 45 mile caldera over a gigantic super-volcano. … Continue reading

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