Category: Colorado

Rocky Mountains: Big B’s Fruit Company

After hiking the north rim at Black Canyon of the Gunnison, we headed farther north towards Aspen but on the way there we stopped at a place I had come across by accident: Big B’s Fruit Company in Hotchkiss, CO. I was looking for potential camp grounds near Aspen and found Big B’s. I swear

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North Rim: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

After getting up early and watching the sunrise on the south rim of the Black Canyon we packed up and headed the two hours to the north rim. This route took us through Montrose before heading north then back east. The last 6 or 7 miles of the road are gravel. There are several overlooks

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South Rim: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

From the Cottonwood Pass we made our was to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park along US-50. We drove some beautiful and empty parts of Colorado. There isn’t much around Black Canyon and we had reservation to camp there. On day one of our visit to the Black Canyon we stayed on the

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Rocky Mountains: Cottonwood Pass

Colorado is known for it’s winding ways of dangerous roads and high passes. I’ve driven on a couple of them: Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Million Dollar Highway going between Silverton and Ouray. But on this last road trip I had the opportunity to visit a couple more. After a

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Hiking the Alpine Tunnel Trail

From St. Elmo we backtracked a little down the road and took to turn off for the ghost town of Handcock and the Alpine Tunnel Trailhead. This is an out and back trail, it is also part of the CDT and we did briefly speak to a couple of thru-hikers. The road to this trailhead

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Rocky Mountains: St. Elmo, CO

What is better for October than a ghost town? Maybe pumpkin spice and hot tea but it is a close call. To get to this town please note that you will be driving on dirt and gravel roads. St. Elmo is an interesting ghost town for a few reasons: It was abandon essentially overnight when

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Browns Canyon National Monument

Our first big hike on this road trip was to Browns Canyon National Monument. Browns Canyon is a relatively new national monument as it was established in 2015. This area caters to all adventurers without being too crowded – at least the part we were in wasn’t. There are hiking and dirt biking trails and

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Rocky Mountains: Buena Vista Restaurants

We visited Buena Vista a couple of times over the course of the trip and both were for food although we did enjoy the river walk area near South Main Street also. Our first visit was after a long day spent visiting: Colorado Mountain Lavender Phantom Canyon Victor, CO Keltin and I needed food and

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Rocky Mountains: Phantom Canyon

After visiting Colorado Mountain Lavender, we headed down to Canyon City to find the turn for Phantom Canyon Road. This road starts north of Florence, CO and ends at Victor, a mining town. This is approximately 35 miles of unpaved road that takes a minimum of 2 hours one way. The area is beautiful with

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