Eastern Mojave Vegetation US Highway 285  
 

Tom Schweich  

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 Denver, Colorado, to Sanderson, TX

Other articles:
• US Interstate 25:   at US Hwy 285;  

Junction: US Interstate 25

Other articles:
• US Hwy 85:   at US 285;  

Junction: US Highway 85, "Santa Fe Road"

Other articles:
• Wadsworth:   at US 285;  

Junction: Colorado Highway 121 “Wadsworth”

Other articles:
• Kipling:   at US 285;  

Junction: Kipling, in one of its various forms.

Other articles:
• C-470:  ushwy285;  

Junction: Colorado Highway 470

Other articles:
• C-8:   at US 285;  

Junction: Colorado Highway 8

 

 

Other articles:
• County Road 120:   at US 285;  

Indian Hills

Junction: County Road 120 “Parmalee Gulch Road”, to Kittridge.

Other articles:
• S. Turkey Creek Road:   at US 285;  

Junction: County Route 124 “S. Turkey Creek Road”

 

   

Turkey Creek Park

Use County Route 64 “N. Turkey Creek Road” for access.
  Junction: County Route 64 “N. Turkey Creek Road”

Other articles:
• S. Turkey Creek Road:   at US 285;  

Junction: County Route 124 “S. Turkey Creek Road”

 

 

Locations: Meyer Ranch Park.  

Meyer Ranch Park

Use S. Turkey Creek Road for access, parking on both sides of US Hwy 285.

 

 

Other articles:
• Colorado Highway 73:   at US 285;  

Conifer

Junction: Colorado Highway 73, to Evergreen.

Other articles:
• County Route 97.:   at US 285;  

Junction: Country Route 97 “S. Foxton Road”, to Foxton.

 

 

Other articles:
• County Route 126.:   at US285;

Locations: Pine Junction.  

Pine Junction

Junction: County Route 126 “Pine Valley Road”

 

   

Bailey

 

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   9 Aug 2011;
Full Size ImageConey Island
Full Size ImageConey Island  

Coney Island, Colorado

 

 

Other articles:
• Guanella Pass Road:   at US Hwy 285;  

Grant

Junction: Guanella Pass Road

Other articles:
• Colorado Trans-Basin Water Transfer:   Roberts Tunnel;  Roberts Tunnel outlet;
• Interstate 70:  Dillon Reservoir;

Locations: Harold D. Roberts Tunnel.  

East portal of the Harold D. Roberts tunnel. This tunnel delivers water from the Blue River basin, under the continental divide, to the South Platte River Basin.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   21 Sep 2014;   19 Sep 2016 on Kenosha Pass;

Locations: Kenosha Pass.
Full Size ImageTurning aspens near Kenosha Pass.  

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The "scene" at Kenosha Pass
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How Coloratans decorate their trailheads!
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Mount Evans (?) from Kenosha Pass.
Kenosha Pass. Elevation: 9983 ft.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   21 Sep 2014;
Full Size ImageView south into South Park.  

View south into South Park.

Other articles:
• Boreas Pass Road:   at US 285;  

Junction: County Road 33 “Boreas Pass Road”

 

 

Other articles:
• CO Highway 9:   at US 285 N;

Locations: Fairplay.  

Fairplay

Junction: Colorado Highway 9, north through Breckenridge the US Interstate 70.

Other articles:
• CO Highway 9:   at US 285S;  

Junction: Colorado Highway 9, south.

 

 

Locations: South Park.  

“South Park”

The flat commonly known as “South Park,” although the Board of Geographic Names does not accept that name for this flat.

Other articles:
• US Highway 24:   at US 285 N;  

Junction: US Highway 24, east to Colorado Springs.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  5 Aug 2019;
Full Size ImageNortheast on US Highway 285.  

 

Other articles:
• County Road 311:  90000;
• Colorado Trans-Basin Water Transfer:   Otero Pump Station and Pipeline;
• Field Notes:  5 Aug 2019;

Locations: Trout Creek Pass.  

Park County below …
Trout Creek Pass. Elevation: 9498 ft.

The Otero Pipeline, also known as the Homestake Delivery Pipeline, passes west to east through Trout Creek Pass. The water comes from the Homestake Diversion System in the Eagle River basin, and through the Homestake Tunnel into the Arkansas River. The water is pumped out of the Arkansas River by the Otero Pumping Station. Half of the water belongs to the City of Aurora and is delivered to Spinney Mountain Reservoir by the Homestake Delivery Pipeline. The other half of the water belongs to Colorado Springs and continues in the pipeline to Homestate Reservoir.


Chaffee County below …

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  5 Aug 2019;
Full Size ImageSouthwest on US Highway 285.  

 

Other articles:
• US Highway 24:   at US 285 S;  

Junction: US Highway 24, west (north) to US Interstate 70.

Other articles:
• U. S. Highway 50:   at US285N;  

Junction: US Highway 50, west.

Other articles:
• U. S. Highway 50:   at US285S;  

Junction: US Highway 50, east.

 

 

Locations: Poncha Springs.  

Poncha Springs

 

 

Other articles:
• Marshall Pass Road:   at Mears Jct;  

Mears Junction

Junction: Marshall Pass Road

Locations: Poncha Pass.  

Chaffee County above …
Poncha Pass. Elevation: 9009 ft.
Saguache County below …

 

 

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  6 Apr 2016;

Locations: Villa Grove.
Full Size ImageUS Highway 285 north out of Villa Grove.  

Villa Grove

 

Other articles:
• Colorado Highway 17:   at US 285;
• Colorado and New Mexico Highway 17:   at US 285;  

Junction: Colorado Highway 17, south across San Luis Valley to Alamosa.
  Junction:
  • Gunnison Avenue, east and west in the town of Saguache.
  • Colorado Highway 114, northwest in the direction of Gunnison.

 

 

Locations: Saguache.  

Saguache

 

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   6 Apr 2016;

Locations: Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area.
Full Size ImageInstructions at Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area  

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Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area.
Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area.

Other articles:
• County Road G:   at US 285;  

Junction: County Road G, west to La Garita and Penitente Canyon.

Other articles:
• Colorado Highway 112:   at US 285;  

Saguache County above …
Junction: Colorado Highway 112
Rio Grande County below …

Other articles:
• County Road 6 North:   at US 285;  

Junction: [Rio Grande] County Road 6 North. County Road 5 North may be preferred for access to Mosca and Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Other articles:
• County Road 5 North:   at US 285;  

Junction: [Rio Grande] County Road 5 North, east to Mosca, and in the general direction of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Locations: Rio Grande River.  

Cross Rio Grande River.

 

 

Other articles:
• Colorado Highway 15:   at US 160;
• US Highway 160:   at Monte Vista;

Locations: Monte Vista.  

Monte Vista

Junction: US Highway 160, west to Durango and Four Corners, or east across southern Colorado.
  Junction: N & S 100 Rd

Rio Grande County above …


Alamosa County below …

Junction: N CR 6E, S CR 102

Other articles:
• US Highway 160:  in Alamosa;

Locations: Alamosa.  

Junction: US Highway 160, west to Monte Vista, Durango, and Four Corners, or east through Walsenburg and across southern Colorado.

Other articles:
• Colorado Highway 15:   at US Hwy 285;  

Junction: Colorado Highway 15, west to Centro, then north to Monte Vista.

 

   

La Jara

 

Other articles:
• Colorado Highway 17:   at NM border;
• Colorado and New Mexico Highway 17:   at US 285;  

Junction: Colorado Highway 17, west and south into New Mexico.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  25 Oct 2019;
Full Size ImageWelcome to New Mexico  

Colorado above …
New Mexico below …

 

   

Tres Piedras

 

Other articles:
• US Highway 64:   at US 285;  

Junction: US Highway 64, east to Taos, and Nags Head, North Carolina.

 

   

Española

 

Other articles:
• State Road 68:   in Española;  

Junction: New Mexico State Road 68 “River Road to Taos”, north to Taos.

Other articles:
• State Road 68:   in Española;  

Cross Rio Grande River
  Junction: Guadalupe Street
  Intersection: Alamo Drive
  Intesection: Paseo de Peralta
  Intersection: Alameda Street
  Intersection: Agua Fria Street

 

 

Locations: Santa Fe.  

Santa Fe

 
  Intersection: Cerrillos Street, New Mexico Highway 14

Other articles:
• US Interstate 25:   at Exit 282;  

Junction: US Interstate 25
  New Mexico above …
Texas below …

 

   

Sanderson

Junction: US Highway 90, end of highway.

 

 

   

Literature Cited

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Date and time this article was prepared: 8/3/2020 9:09:38 AM