Driving the American West: Western Colorado

A wintry slice of the Rocky Mountains, between Carbondale and Basalt, Colorado


 

Continued from
Driving the American West: Moab to Arches

 
By the time I cruised up from southeastern Utah into Western Colorado, I was worried I might have had my fill of beauty and could see no more. But it turns out that my eyes were well prepared for another onslaught.

In the late afternoon light, I followed the icy blue Colorado River into lilac light, its banks rimmed with dark red grasses and winter-orange trees. Yellow trains chugged through towering passes and signs warned of road-roaming elk. Snow-draped mountains gave shelter to fir trees, cabins and twinkling lights, a stateside Switzerland in a Christmas snow globe.

I said aloud: “I can’t believe my friend gets to LIVE here!”

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Go West, I Said

Call it a test of my own gumption or a simple thirst for adventure:

I’m hopping in my car and hitting the road to explore the American West!

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TWT Travel Binder: Colorado

Years ago, I represented my artwork at a show in Colorado Springs,
running into the greatest snow storm the state had seen in 50 years.
But the next morning, the red rocks of the Garden of the Gods fairly glowed.
Someday, I’d love to show Adam, then take a 2-hour train ride through the nearby Royal Gorge.

Here are some resources to help you plan your own “travels with two” to Colorado.

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