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Looking toward Montrose, CO from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Berthoud Pass, Continental Divide, 11,307 feet.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Looking into Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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View of Lost Lake Slough from the trail to Dollar Lake.

Photograph taken August 23, 2003.

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Lost Lake Slough

Photograph taken in August 2003. I guess in this area of Colorado low swampy areas that were improved to be lakes by an artificial dam are called "sloughs."

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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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  • Durango, La Plata County, Colorado

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Lunch along the Crystal River in Redstone, CO.

Photograph taken in August 2003. Left to right: Cheryl, Matt, Simone, and Becci.

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The town of Redstone.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Overview of Durango, Colorado.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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  • Durango, La Plata County, Colorado

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The Colorado River between Kremmling and Hot Sulphur Springs.

Photograph taken in August 2003. Looking west and down stream.

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Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Dollar Lake, near Crested Butte.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Matt and Simone by the Crystal River.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Cheryl talks with two young people from the Bay Area at the Cliff Palace.

Photograph taken August 26, 2003.

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The Colorado River between Kremmling and Hot Sulphur Springs.

Photograph taken in August 2003. Looking east and up stream.

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Bus in Colorado

June 9, 1936
Changing tires in Colorado prairie

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Frasera speciosa

Frasera speciosa that has finished blooming.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Many Frasera speciosa at Dollar Lake.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Rosette of Frasera speciosa at Dollar Lake, CO.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Alamosa County

Blowing sand with Sierra Blanca in the background

Photographed 5 April 2016.

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Rio Grande River at the Alamosa - Rio Grande County line.

Photographed 5 April 2016.

This view looks east into Alamosa County.

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Sierra Blanca east of Colorado Highway 150.

Photographed 4 April 2016.

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Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

Big Slough of the Rio Grande River, the San Luis Valley and the San Juan Mountains

Photographed 5 April 2016.

The name “Big Slough” appears on USGS maps, but is not present in the GNIS.

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Rio Grande River in the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

Photographed 5 April 2016.

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Rio Grande River in the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

Photographed 5 April 2016.

This view looks south and down river.

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Gopher snake sunning in the road at Hansen Bluff

Photographed 5 April 2016.

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San Luis Valley and the San Juan Mountains from Hansen Bluff

Photographed 5 April 2016.

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Anasazi Heritage Center

Anasazi pueblo.

Photographed 21 April 2017.

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Anasazi pueblo.

Photographed 21 April 2017.

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Apex

Cabin in the near-ghost town of Apex.

Photographed 29 November 2014.

Brass plaque shows this building to be Gilpin County Historical Landmark No. 1.

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  • Apex, Gilpin County, Colorado

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Cabin in the near-ghost town of Apex.

Photographed 29 November 2014.

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  • Apex, Gilpin County, Colorado

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Cabin in the near-ghost town of Apex.

Photographed 29 November 2014.

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  • Apex, Gilpin County, Colorado

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Berthoud Pass

View north from Berthoud Pass

Photographed 24 September 2014.

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Cañon City

A former railroad depot in Cañon City

Photographed 17 September 2017. Not sure which railroad built this depot,but it is very nicely constructed like the Union Pacific depot in Greeley.

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Two old buildings on Main Street, Cañon City

Photographed 18 September 2017.

Found on Main Street between 5th and 6th Streets.

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Fremont Cattlemen's Association Brand Board

Photographed 18 September 2017.

Found on N. 5th Street just north of Main Street.

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Cheyenne County

Cheyenne County Court House

Photographed 28 April 2016.

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Old Jail Museum in Cheyenne Wells.

Photographed 28 April 2016.

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UP 8977 and UP 7254 pulling a string of empty tri-levels eastbound between Kit Carson and Cheyenne Wells, Colorado.

Photographed 28 April 2016.

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Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Cheyenne Montain from the state park.

Photographed 10 September 2017.

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City of Alamosa

D&RGW 169 on display at Cole Park in Alamosa

Photographed 5 April 2016.

Well-fenced, impossible to obtain a good photograph.

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  • Alamosa, Alamosa County, Colorado

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D&RGW 169 on display at Cole Park in Alamosa

Photographed 5 April 2016.

Well-fenced, impossible to obtain a good photograph.

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The Rio Grande River in downtown Alamosa.

Photographed 5 April 2016.

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City of Buena Vista

Mount Princeton west of Buena Vista

Photographed 6 April 2016.

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Midland Hill east of Buena Vista

Photographed 6 April 2016.

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Repurposed building with sporting goods and a yummy café.

Photographed 6 April 2016.

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City of Monte Vista

Monte Vista Depot.

Photographed 6 April 2016.

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Colorado Potato Administrative Committee in Monte Vista.

Photographed 6 April 2016.

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Monte Vista depot and the San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad.

Photographed 6 April 2016.

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City of Salida

Arkansas River in downtown Salida

Photographed 6 April 2016.

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  • Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado

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A bit of downtown Salida.

Photographed 6 April 2016.

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Arkansas River in downtown Salida

Photographed 6 April 2016.

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Clear Creek County

View upstream in center of Josephine Creek fen.

Photograph taken 13 August 2011.

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  • Geneva Creek Road, Park and Clear Creek Counties, Colorado.: 12000.
  • Field Notes: at iron fen.

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Avalanche Chute

Photograph taken 13 August 2011.

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Josephine Creek Iron Fen

Photograph taken 13 August 2011.

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  • Geneva Creek Road, Park and Clear Creek Counties, Colorado.: 12000.
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Another lower fen.

Photograph taken 13 August 2011.

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Hiking Trail to the South

Photograph taken 8 Aug 2011.

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Group photo on Guanella Pass

Photograph taken 8 Aug 2011.

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A lower fen.

Photograph taken 13 August 2011.

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The Whole Crew at Guanella Pass

Photograph taken 8 Aug 2011.

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Field trip briefing for Josephine Creek iron fens

Photograph taken 13 August 2011.

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  • Geneva Creek Road, Park and Clear Creek Counties, Colorado.: 12000.
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Georgetown Loop locomotive at Lebanon Silver Mine

Photograph taken 4 Aug 2011.

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Opposite side of creek from avalanche chute.

Photograph taken 13 August 2011.

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Upper edge of Josephine Creek iron fen.

Photograph taken 13 August 2011.

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  • Geneva Creek Road, Park and Clear Creek Counties, Colorado.: 12000.
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Creede

Bachelor City

Photographed 19 September 2017.

Bachelor City

When gold and silver were discovered in the nearby mountains, these meadows at 10,500 feet in elevation became home to nearly 1,200 people. Between 1892 and 1896, this was the bustling community of Bachelor City. In January 1892, an eighty-acre town site was surveyed into twenty-four blocks with twelve streets. By March of 1892, nearly 100 ramshackle houses had been hastily constructed.

In its heyday, Bachelor City had a dozen saloons, four hotels, five grocery stores, a meat market, two barber shops, two bakeries, several restaurants, a school, a jail, city hall and a Catholic Church with a parsonage. Bachelor City had a doctor and a dentist and the town newspaper, the “Teller Topics.”

“The camp was a bustling one, and its citizens composed ... of the rougher reckless types of Westerners, men who neither feared nor shunned danger, and to whom 'knockdown and dragout' fights were merely ordinary recreation. Brawls and pistol-play were a nightly occurrence in the numerous saloons and gambling dens that infested the place ... the character of Bachelor remained tough.” -- Bachelor City - 1892

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Looking upstream toward sources of the Rio Grande River

Photographed 19 September 2017.

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  • Creede, Mineral County, Colorado

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Town of Creede

Photographed 19 September 2017.

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Town of Creede

Photographed 19 September 2017.

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  • Creede, Mineral County, Colorado

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Interpretive panel for the Bulldog Mine

Photographed 19 September 2017.

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Bachelor City

Photographed 19 September 2017.

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Creede Mining District

Photographed 19 September 2017.

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The former D&RGW depot, now the history museum

Photographed 19 September 2017.

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  • Creede, Mineral County, Colorado

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  • “Silver Thread Scenic Byway,” Colorado State Highway 149, Colorado: Creede.
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The Mac Mine, the only restaurant open for business on an off-season Tuesday morning

Photographed 19 September 2017.

We had a fairly decent breakfast burrito, but they need a coffee-making lesson.

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The Equity Mine

Photographed 19 September 2017.

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Eisenhower Tunnel

West Portal

Photographed 24 January 2015.

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Estes Park

Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

Photographed 23 September 2014.

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Lake Estes, just east of Estes Park

Photographed 23 September 2014.

Stanley Hotel in the middleground.

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Headquarters

Photographed 21 September 2014.

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View north from the headquarters.

Photographed 21 September 2014.

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Garfield County

Colorado River at No Name

Photographed 20 June 2015.

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Gateview

Interpretive panel for the Old Spanish Trail

Photographed 18 September 2017.

The Old Spanish Trail 1829-1848

Between 1829 and 1848 woolen goods were transported by mule caravans from the Mexican outpost of Santa Fe to the Missions of Southern California on the Old Spanish Trail.

Annual mule pack caravans traveled the historic Old Spanish Trail between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California. Traders from Santa Fe headed to San Gabriel Mission as a welcome destination. They brought woolen goods from New Mexico and returned with highly prized California mules and horses. Following ancient Native American trails, the trade route went into central Utah during Spanish Colonial days and continued as an emigrant trail during the Mexican period. Anglo trappers and military expeditions, including John Fremont, Kit Carson, and John Gunnison used various routes of what is now recognized as the Old Spanish National Historic Trail.

In June 1853, Lieutenant Edward Beale, accompanied by Gwinn Harris Heap detailed their travel route through this area. Head wrote “ ... we crossed the two forks of the Jaroso (Cebolla Creek and Powderhorn Creek) ... we rested for the night by a small shallow brook, very marshy, and swarming with mosquitos ... Numbers of deer and antelopes were seen; indeed, these sheltered valleys seem expressly intended as coverts for those gentle animals … Traders from Abiquiu come by it into these mountains to barter for peltries with the Utahs (Ute Indians).”

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Interpretive panel “Lost in a Blizzard”

Photographed 18 September 2017.

Lost in a Blizzard

“In the Colorado Rockies where the snow is deep and cold ... a man afoot can starve to death unless he's brave and bold.” -- Ballad of Alferd Packer

What is now recognized as one of the most notorious events in Colorado's history -- cannibalism by Alferd Packer -- unfolded in the valley below you. If was here that Alferd Packer and his men made a most disastrous mistake, then missed a turn in the trail and became hopelessly lost in the San Juan Mountains.

On that fateful day in February 1874, Alferd Packer became lost in a severe snow storm while guiding five men from Salt Lake City ti the Los Piños Indian Agency, located south of what is now Gunnison. At the time, the Old Spanish Trail was a well worn trail that continued on to Taos and Santa Fe. Unfortunately, snow covered the trail in the valley below and the hapless men continued to the south instead of remaining in the trail to the east.

Cannibalism in the high country could have been averted had they remained on the correct trail towards Cohetopa Pass.

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Looking downstream on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River

Photographed 18 September 2017.

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Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sand dunes to the north of CO Highway 150.

Photographed 4 April 2016.

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View southwest from Great Sand Dunes to the San Juan Mountains

Photographed 4 April 2016.

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Crossing of Medano Creek to access the sand dunes.

Photographed 4 April 2016.

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Huerfano County

Spanish Peaks south from US Highway 160.

Photographed 4 April 2016.

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Jefferson County

Morrison Natural History Museum

Photograph taken 2 Aug 2011.

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Kenosha Pass

Turning aspens near Kenosha Pass.

Photographed 21 September 2014.

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Kiowa County

Sand Creek Massacre Site National Historic Site

Photographed 28 April 2016.

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Sand Creek Massacre Site National Historic Site

Photographed 28 April 2016.

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La Veta

La Veta Town Hall, formerly the railroad depot(?)

Photographed 26 April 2016.

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Lake County

View west down Evans Gulch to the Sawatch Range

Photographed 28 June 2016.

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Turquoise Lake on the west side of Leadville.

Photographed 28 June 2016, from the dump at the Venier Mine.

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Tipple at Monarch Mine

Photographed 28 June 2016.

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View northeast across Evans Gulch from the Monarch Mine

Photographed 28 June 2016.

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View across Evans Gulch to the Monarch Mine

Photographed 28 June 2016.

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Mill and reclaimed tailings pond in Iowa Gulch.

Photographed 28 June 2016.

Sawatch Range in distance.

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Evans Gulch and Mosquito Pass

Photographed 28 June 2016.

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Climax Mine at Fremont Pass.

Photographed 28 June 2016.

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Diamond Mine in Evans Gulch

Photographed 28 June 2016.

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Las Animas County

Old adobe fam house along the South Fork Purgatoire River

Photographed 26 April 2016.

Note the abutments of the former railroad right of way in the right middle ground.

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Cows in field along the South Fork Purgatoire River.

Photographed 26 April 2016.

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Emergency Muster Point located to 5 decimal points.

Photographed 26 April 2016.

The location of the coordinates is about 495 ft. from the location of this sign. At the other end of the yard is another sign with the exact same coordinates. It is about 325 feet the other side of the muster point. The fifth digit of precision in the coordinates makes a difference of about 6 feet. But, one thing is certain, it's good to know the coordinates are in NAD 1983 and not WGS 1984.

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North Lake

Photographed 26 April 2016.

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Amtrak Southwest Chief between La Junta and Trinidad.

Photographed 27 April 2016.

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Maysville

Maysville School

Photographed 18 September 2017.

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Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde from Anasazi Heritage Center.

Photographed 21 April 2017.

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Mesa Verde National Park

The reservoir at Far View.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Cliff Palace

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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The north end of Mesa Verde

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Monarch

Mining area at Monarch

Photographed 18 September 2017.

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Turning aspens at Monarch.

Photographed 18 September 2017.

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Monarch Pass

Monarch Pass, 11,306 ft.

Photographed 18 September 2017.

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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

Photographed 5 April 2016.

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Montezuma County

Montezuma Valley, south of Towaoc, Ute Mountain Indian Reservation

Photograph taken June 3, 2008.

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Interpretive sign at Lowry Ruin.

Photograph taken June 3, 2008.

Welcome to
Lowry Pueblo
National Historic Landmark
LOWRY RUIN
has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark
under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1955. This site possesses exceptional value in commerating and illustrating the history of the United States
U. S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1965

The Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 and the Antiquities Act of 1906 prohibit anyone from removing artifacts or disturbing archeological sites on federal lands without written permission from the BLM. Do your part fo preserve this rich heritage. Please report any vandalism, theft, or damage to the BLM Anasazi Heritage Center near Dolores at (970) 882-4811, or to the Montezuma County Sherrif at (970) 565- 8441.

The interpretive sign and pueblo stabilization were funded in part by a State Historical Fund grant from the Colorado Historical Society.

Museum exhibits about Lowry Pueblo and visitor information for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument are available at the Bureau of Land Management Anasazi Heritage Center.

Please Protect these Ancestral Puebloan villages for the enjoyment of future generations, stay on the trail, and Leave No Trace of your visit.

You always visit a place like this with respect. Always.

Esther Martinez, San Juan Pueblo

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Pleasant View, Colorado

Photograph taken June 3, 2008.

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View south of Little Ruin Canyon

Photograph taken June 3, 2008.

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View northeast of Pleasant View.

Photograph taken June 3, 2008.

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Montezuma County Road CC crosses Cow Canyon west of Lowry Ruin

Photograph taken June 3, 2008.

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Portion of Great Kiva at Lowry Ruin

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Mancos Valley view from Mesa Verde

Photograph taken June 3, 2008.

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Mount Evans

Summit Lake from the top of Mount Evans

Photographed 19 August 2015.

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Along Mount Evans Road.

Photographed 19 August 2015.

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View of Chicago Creek basin and Grey Wolf Mountain

Photographed 19 August 2015.

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Parking lot and observatory from summit of Mount Evans

Photographed 19 August 2015.

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Nederland

Sundance Café

Photographed 9 November 2014.

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Mountains near Nederland

Photographed 9 November 2014.

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Otero County

The Rocky Mountains, 100 miles away.

Photographed 27 April 2016.

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Picketwire Canyon from Withers Canyon Trailhead.

Photographed 27 April 2016.

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Vogel Canyon interpretive panel.

Photographed 27 April 2016.

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Bent's Old Fort in La Junta, Colorado.

Photographed 27 April 2016.

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County Road 25 “Rourke Road”

Photographed 27 April 2016.

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Vogel Canyon.

Photographed 27 April 2016.

Petroglyphs on the left, the spring is at the base of the boulder in the right middleground.

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Cheryl at the petroglyphs in Vogel Canyon.

Photographed 27 April 2016.

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Tracks of the Barlow and Sanderson Stage Line cross the Vogel Canyon access road.

Photographed 27 April 2016.

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Picketwire Canyon from Withers Canyon Trailhead.

Photographed 27 April 2016.

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Bent's Old Fort in La Junta, Colorado.

Photographed 27 April 2016.

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Palmer Lake

Palmer Lake

Photographed 10 September 2017.

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Park County

Coney Island

Photograph taken 9 Aug 2011.

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Coney Island

Photograph taken 9 Aug 2011.

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Camping at Burning Bear Campground

Photograph taken 7 Aug 2011.

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Camping at Burning Bear Campground

Photograph taken 7 Aug 2011.

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Nice camp site, fence provided by the Forest Service.

Photograph taken 13 August 2011.

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Penitente Canyon

Interpretive panel for Penitente Canyon

Photographed 20 September 2017.

Penitente Canyon: Special Recreation Management Area
A place of solitude ... a place of mystery .. a place with a spirit of its own ... Penitente Canyon
In the mid-1980s, rock climbers discovered the Penitente canyonlands. Today the BLM manages the area primarily for climbing, though mountain bikers, hikers and people drawn to its sense of peace and history also make their way to the canyons.
History

Ancestors of the Utes, Jicarilla Apaches and Puebloans have all left evidence of time spent hunting and camping here, along with explorers and trappers. The valley's first settlers were Hispanic farmers and sheepherders who migrated from northern New Mexico.

Virgin of Guadalupe

It's said that in the mid-20th century a few men from the local community painted the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe that's still visible today. Local legend has it that they sat in tires and were lowered over the cliff on ropes to complete the painting. The words above the Virgin read “Consuelo y Spiritu” or “Comfort and Spirit.”

Ecology

Penitente Canyon is home to many varieties of plants including chokecherry, wild rose, fringed sage and aspen; and wildlife including black bear, mountain lion, raptors, various lizards and prairie rattlesnakes.

Snakes

Always watch where you are stepping or reaching; don't reach where you can't see. If you encounter a snake, leave it alone and back away. Parents should always keep a clise eye on their children in snake country.

Stay Safe

Safety is your responsibility. Know your limits and come prepared for the area's changing weather. All recreational activiny is at your own risk.

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Virgin of Guadalupe in Penitente Canyon

Photographed 20 September 2017.

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Virgin of Guadalupe in Penitente Canyon

Photographed 20 September 2017.

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Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak from US I-25.

Photographed 26 April 2016.

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Pitkin County

North on Colorado State Highway 133.

Photographed 11 April 2017. This is the view north at Bears Gulch.

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Waterfall at Bears Gulch

Photographed 11 April 2017.

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South on Colorado State Highway 133

Photographed 11 April 2017. This is the view south at Bears Gulch.

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Powderhorn

View southwest to the populated place of Powderhorn

Photographed 18 September 2017.

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Horses grazing in Powderhorn Valley

Photographed 18 September 2017.

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Interpretive panel for Powderhorn Valley.

Photographed 18 September 2017.

The BGN accepts Powderhorn as a valid name, but not Powderhorn Valley.

The interpretive panel is at the intersection of Colorado State Highway 149 and County Road 28.

Powderhorn Valley

Powderhorn Valley was named by mountain men and fur trappers because the shape of the valley resembles a bison horn that would have been used to keep gunpowder dry.

The Post Office in Powderhorn Valley was established in 1876 when the valley was settled by ranch families looking for lush grassland to support cattle. In the early years, Powderhorn Valley supplied beef and potatoes that fed the hungry miners and most of the hay for the horses, mules, and burros that worked in the mines in the mountains above Lake City.

For years, families shopped at Youman's store. Everything in the store was behind the counter and customers had to ask for needed items. Household goods, including fabric, nails, flour, and seed were available only in bulk and needed to tbe measured or weighed at the time goods were sold.

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Rio Grande County

Rio Grande River at the Alamosa - Rio Grande County line.

Photographed 5 April 2016.

This view looks west into Rio Grande County and the Rio Grande State Wildlife Area.

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Rio Grande State Wildlife Area

Rio Grande State Wildlife Area.

Photographed 5 April 2016.

Closed during nesting season, February through July.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Alluvial fan at mouth of Roaring River

Photographed 24 September 2014.

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Bowen-Baker Trailhead

Photographed 24 September 2014.

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Forest Canyon Pass from Gore Range Overlook

Photographed 24 September 2014.

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Terra Tomah Mountain across Forest Canyon

Photographed 24 September 2014.

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Horseshoe Park seen from Many Parks Curve overlook

Photographed 24 September 2014.

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Longs Peak as seen from the Stanley Hotel

Photographed 24 September 2014.

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Moraine Park

Photographed 23 September 2014.

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Bear Lake

Photographed 23 September 2014.

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Sprague Lake

Photographed 23 September 2014.

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Landscape at 12,000 ft in the Rocky Mountains

Photographed 24 September 2014.

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Rocky Mountains

Mountains northwest of Panorama Point

Photographed 9 November 2014.

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Mountains northwest of Panorama Point

Photographed 9 November 2014.

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Royal Gorge

Looking down into the gorge from the bridge

Photographed 17 September 2017.

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Interpretive panel for Royal Gorge Bridge

Photographed 17 September 2017.

Royal Gorge

Lt. Zebulon Pike and his men, who traveled through this area in November and December 1806, were the first American explorers to view the Arkansas River canyon now known as the Royal Gorge. A small party from the Maj. Stephen H. Long expedition visited the mouth of the canyon in 1820, as did members of Lt. John C. Fremont's expedition in 1845.

In 1878 a right of way through the Royal Gorge became the focal point of a bitter struggle between the Denver and Rio Grande and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroads, with the D and RG eventually winning the route through court action. Congress ceded the land comprising the Royal Gorge Park to Cañon City in 1906, and the world's highest suspension bridge spanning the Arkansas River 1053 feet below was built in 1929.

Elevation 6,626 feet.

Erected by the State Historical Society of Colorado

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Royal Gorge Bridge

Photographed 18 September 2017.

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DRGW 499 on display at Royal Gorge.

Photographed 17 September 2017.

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Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area

Instructions at Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area

Photographed 6 April 2016.

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Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area.

Photographed 6 April 2016.

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Saguache County

US Highway 285 north out of Villa Grove.

Photographed 6 April 2016.

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San Isabel National Forest

Cordova Pass Road interpretive panel

Photographed 26 April 2016.

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John B. Farley Memorial Wildflower Overlook

Photographed 26 April 2016.

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Cuchara Pass, elev. 9995 ft.

Photographed 26 April 2016.

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South White Peak in the Spanish Peaks area.

Photographed 26 April 2016.

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John B. Farley Memorial Wildflower Overlook

Photographed 26 April 2016.

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San Juan Mountains

San Juan Mountains from Anasazi Heritage Center.

Photographed 21 April 2017.

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Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Methodist Mountain from Salida in the early morning

Photographed 18 September 2017.

A light dusting of snow from the previous day's storm.

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Sleeping Ute Mountain

Sleeping Ute Mountain from the Anasazi Heritage Center.

Photographed 21 April 2017.

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South Fork

South Fork depot

Photographed 20 September 2017.

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Ex-Southern Pacific GE B30-7 7863 in South Fork, CO

Photographed 20 September 2017.

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Locomotive No. 1

Photographed 20 September 2017.

The cab is raked, no doubt, due to excessive speed.

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Ex-Utah Central GE 44-ton locomotive

Photographed 20 September 2017.

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Denver & Rio Grande … something, not quite a goose, maybe a mudhen.

Photographed 20 September 2017.

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South Park

View south into South Park.

Photographed 21 September 2014.

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The Gate

The walls of The Gate

Photographed 18 September 2017.

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Interpretive panel at The Gate

Photographed 18 September 2017.

Keeping the Peace

The trail is well worn, and the peeled trees show that the valley has been much frequented by (Ute) Indians.

Gold was discovered in the San Juan Mountains in the late 1860s leading to a rush of miners. Tension rose between the miners seeking gold and the Ute Indians who lived and hunted in the mountains. As a result, the U. S. Government negotiated the Brunot Treaty in 1873 with Chief Ouray and the Weminuche Ute.

At this point we passed the Great Gate, a rift in a spar sweeping around from range to range across the calley.” -- Lt. E. H. Ruffner, Corps of Engineers, Reconnaissance in the Ute Country, 1873

That same year, the military sent Lt. E. H. Ruffner into the San Juan Mountains to document mining operations in Southern Colorado and evaluate the effectiveness of the Brunot Treaty. Ruffner noted, “While at Camp 47 we were visited by many western Utes, mostly well armed, well mounted, and well dressed; uncommonly clean, smiling and civil; short men, with broad muscular shoulders.”

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Thorodin Mountain

Rock column along Gap Road

Photographed 9 November 2014.

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Vail

Vail ski areas from I-70.

Photographed 24 January 2015.

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Vail Pass

Vail Pass, 10,603 ft.

Photographed 24 January 2015.

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Wagon Wheel Gap

Interpretive panel at Wagon Wheel Gap

Photographed 20 September 2017.

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Looking upstream from Wagon Wheel Gap

Photographed 20 September 2017.

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Interpretive panel for Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout at Wagon Wheel Gap

Photographed 20 September 2017.

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Interpretive panel at Wagon Wheel Gap

Photographed 20 September 2017.

Wagon Wheel Gap -- The Early Years

In the early part of the twentieth century, railroad passengers, tourists, and health seekers boarded wagons at Wagon Wheel Gap and ventured to the Hot Springs Hotel to partake in the rejuvenating water.

The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad touted the healing qualities of the hot springs located near Wagon Wheel Gap. These springs soom became a destination for health seekers.

In December, 1848, John Fremont led an expedition into the San Juan Mountains to find a route for the transcontinental railroad. The ill-fated expedition may have traveled up Embargo Creek, (to the east of Wagon Wheel Gap), where they encountered a vicious winter storm. With ten feet of snow and deteriorating conditions, Fremont abandoned his expedition and each man fended for himself. All told, ten of Fremonts men died of cold or starvation in the San Juan Mountains.

In 1863, Charles Baker led a group of prospectors into the San Juan Mountains. While returning to New Mexico for the winter, then abandoned a damaged wagon near the “gap” where the Rio Grande carved a small canyon. In the 1870s, a wagon wheel was discovered in this area and it was believed to be a remnant from the Baker party. Miners referred to this area as “the gap where the wagon wheel was found.” Over time this area became known as Wagon Wheel Gap.

Wheeler Geologic Area was named in honor of George M. Wheeler, who surveyed much of Colorado in 1874. The area was designated a National Monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt in part to protect the highly erodible spires, hoodoos, and geologic formations. Due to its isolated location and diffifult access, the area was delisted as a National Monument in 1933. Wheeler Geologic Monument is now managed by the Rio Grande National Forest.

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Date and time this article was prepared: 10/27/2017 8:40:31 PM