Category: Colorado

Colorado: Chimney Rock National Monument

Keltin and I debated a lot on this trip about going to Chimney Rock versus Mesa Verde. If we had had more time we would have go to both but in the end with the tours available and the times of those tours we decided to visit Chimney Rock and we were not disappointed. If

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Colorado: Driving the Million Dollar Highway

This road, I’m not even really sure where to begin. The truth is I had to look up the actually name of the road between Ouray and Silveton – US-550 – but I’ve only ever know it as the Million Dollar Highway. This is a road that will make you pay attention – especially if

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Colorado: The Mr. Grumpy Pants Brewery

This is the brewery I had to try just for the name – and it was totally worth it. The Mr. Grumpy Pants Brewery was actually one of my favorite places, just a little brewery full of sass and good beer (with simple names). I tried the smoked brown and Keltin sampled the stout. The

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Colorado: Exploring Silverton

Once as a child I rode the train from Durango to Silverton with my grandparents and sister. I have been there one other time after a pack trip with my dad and sister while still in high school – we rode horses and mules over the continental divide. Both of those times the town was

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Colorado: Box Cañon Falls Park

One of the things suggested by our new bookshop friend in Ouray was to visit Box Cañon Falls. This beautiful canyon is a short drive up the road and the trails are fairly easy. There were a ton of chipmunks on the trail but luckily we did not see any in the parking lot. Keltin

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Colorado: Red Mountain Brewing

Colorado has a plethora of breweries and we actually visited two in Ouray. The first was for lunch, the second because of the name but more about that one later. We enjoyed lunch on the dog friendly patio of Red Mountain Brewing right on the main street. They don’t have a large beer list and

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Colorado: Exploring Ouray

Keltin and I love exploring little towns. They are quirky and typically have good food and old buildings that present great opportunities for photos – Ouray was no exception. We were starving by the time we got there but it was still a bit too early for lunch so we wandered and found a bookstore.

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Colorado: Hiking Zapata Falls

On the way to the Great Sand Dunes National Park you come to a ‘T’ in the road and a sign that points on way towards the sand dunes and the other arrow points towards Zapata Falls. After exploring the national park we decided to visit the falls since we were already in the area.

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Colorado: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve was probably one of my favorite things on this trip and I’d go back in a moment. The landscape is so surreal. I knew where we were going but its one thing to know and another to see the giant dunes rising up above you. Walking

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Colorado: Treasure Falls

On the way up to Wolf Creek Pass out from Pagosa Springs there are a couple of places to stop. One is a scenic overlook that was closed while we were there. The other stop is Treasure Falls. This is a short trail (.6 mile loop) with a small parking lot that gets busy on

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