I look back up at the summit ridge. What a fantastic scene – deep blue sky, a jagged ridgeline and a white ribbon of snow descending from a majestic summit.
The climb up Grays Peak recently was not an exercise in solitude. At least 70 cars were parked in the trailhead parking lot and the 4.3-mile trail to the summit was well populated with hikers.
With a number of hiking and biking trails close to town, Steamboat almost makes one forget that it’s home to some of the best skiing (particularly glade skiing) in the world.
In late summer, Vernal is a lush oasis with golden fields of corn dotted with sunflowers, a stark contrast to the rugged, arid hills to the north and east.
Before developers and city hall cronies eager to serve them discovered Denver’s Central Platte Valley, this vast area in the heart of Denver was an urban wilderness, frequented only by hobos, spray-can artists and adventurers.
Huge snowfalls this spring produced near-record runoffs throughout the West. Word of outrageously high water and dangerous conditions sparked thousands of trip cancellations.
This year, Colorado was blessed with an unusually high amount of spring snow that extended ski season beyond normal.
Rising out of the desolate Wyoming plains, the Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow Mountains was still blanketed with snow in early July.
Hiking trails of about a mile take you around the top and into the caldera and a trail follows the rim of the volcano.
Despite Glenwood’s many challenging trails, the town has several venues to quickly sooth a day’s aches and pains. Smack in the middle of town is the famous Hot Springs Pool.