We recently spent time in Dinosaur National Monument (read blog here), after which we headed to Denver. From The Mile-High City, we headed to Mueller State Park, Colorado Springs, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and Curecanti National Recreation Area before heading home along US Hwy-50 through Utah and Nevada. These are the best pictures from the road.
1 and 2. Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods, a National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs, CO, is a great place to climb. There are many routes for many different skill levels plus it is gorgeous. The top picture shows our new friend Nick climbing the sandstone to lay the route for the beginners in the group. The second picture is our friend Darlene belaying Nick. There is also hiking, climbing, and biking in the park and surrounding national forest lands.
3. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
At the edge of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument lies this homestead. Here Adeline Hornbek defied gender roles and managed a successful ranch. She also dug for fossils and is credited with much of the success of the area. the main attraction, petrified redwoods, is just down the road at the visitors center and is quite extraordinary.
4. The Dillon Pinnacles in Curecanti National Recreation Area
The Dillon Pinnacles are an impressive sight along the Blue Mesa Reservoir of the Gunnison River. This area is part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area. There is a trail leading to the pinnacles which we’ll have to take one day.
5. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
A view of the jagged canyon carved by the Gunnison River in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There are certainly some impressive views of the canyon along the main road. Plenty of trails can give you a more intimate look into the bottom.
6. Camping on BLM Land Along the Highway
There is nothing like a BLM campsite to end a trip. This campsite is off of US-50 near the Utah/Colorado border.