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.
For those seeking solitude at RMNP, strapping on a backpack or saddling up a horse is the best bet.