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.
The eastern plains of Colorado are harsh steppes of cactus, short grass and stream-cut badlands of yellow crumbly clay. Here, time is measured in terms of ancient geologic periods.