Colorado National Monument

“I came here last year and found these canyons, and they feel like the heart of the world to me. I’m going to stay and build trails and promote this place, because it should be a national park.” John Otto, 1907 A hundred-odd years ago, some guy named John Otto thought this place was specialContinue reading “Colorado National Monument”

Fall Colors, Hanging Flumes, Highway 141

We spent the night at Ridgeway State Park with the intent of driving Colorado highway 141 (the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway) up to the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction. I’d heard that highway was a worthwhile scenic drive and wanted to check it out. Worth it. From the campground near Ridgeway we crossed over onContinue reading “Fall Colors, Hanging Flumes, Highway 141”

Deep, Steep and Narrow – The Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Another impressive sight – this time a deep, narrow and rugged canyon in central Colorado. It’s a couple thousand feet deep, yet in places it’s only a quarter mile wide at the top and less than a hundred feet wide at the bottom. Many of the canyon walls seem to be near vertical. The BlackContinue reading “Deep, Steep and Narrow – The Black Canyon of the Gunnison”