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.
For those seeking solitude at RMNP, strapping on a backpack or saddling up a horse is the best bet.
The pace of the river produces a low-pitch and constant tension for those unfamiliar with the Jarbidge.
The beat hipsters, eyeing the ostentatious display of progress, would quickly jump the first freight out of town, that is if they could push their way to the railyards.
With wet Pacific storms continuing to dump snow in the Rocky Mountains, communities and government officials are nervously anticipating a delayed snowmelt which threatens flash floods and brimming reservoirs.