Two lightning-ignited fires roared through forests of pinon pine, Utah juniper and Gambel oak in Mesa Verde National Park, scorching 21,061 acres in the park and another 7,786 acres nearby.
Colorado Recreation & Environment
Starting at the little town of Lenado northeast of Aspen, the trail follows a road used by skiers and snowmobilers in the winter.
The dunes, in the San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado, are among the most biologically significant areas in Colorado, where 700-foot-high dunes rise against the backdrop of the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
The 164,000-acre monument contains the highest known density of archaeological sites anywhere in the U.S, according to the BLM.
Once summer fades into autumn, frosty mornings, bugling elk and golden aspen are harbingers of the coming winter.