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North America » United States » Colorado » Montrose September 13th 2013

On Wednesday, the 11th we left Canon City and traveled for miles with the Arkansas River on one side and steep cliffs on the other. We then traveled up and through Monarch Pass (altitude 11,312 feet) and then down the other side. Being on a 2-lane highway rather than an Interstate made the mountain crossing quite dramatic, as well as a bit of a challenge for Lindsay. We stopped for lunch at Blue Mesa Lake, the largest body of water in Colorado. On Thursday the 12th we were in Montrose, Colorado, and spent the morning at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. It was spectacular. It is called Black Canyon, because the walls are so steep and the gorge is so narrow that sunlight reaches down to the river only at mid-day. The National Park ... read more
Welcome Center Lookout
Black Canyon
Arkansas River

North America » United States » Colorado » Montrose February 18th 2013

Okay so we're all agreed god put Nevada on earth to make shit holes look good, not all of it but there are places where House Proud is a fantasy graphic novel. Then on to Utah and Brian Head. Having a Brian in the group made a visit to Brian Head a no brainer, sadly we were unable to graffitti the signs but no doubt all the jokes have been made.We based ourselvrs in Cedar City UT, a town which hasmore take away "restaurants" (why do they insist on calling themselves that?) than there are pick up trucks. We ound one family mexican restaurant which was preety good and the staff were excellent and so tolerant!Brian Head is out of the usual ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Montrose April 18th 2012

4/18/2012 - Today we left Sleeping Ute Campground, a big casino park, nice park, but about 10 to 12 miles south of Cortez so you have to drive that far to get into town. Drove over to Durango and then turned north to Montrose. Part of this highway is known as the million dollar highway due to the high per mile. Sure glad to be off that road, very mountainous with sheer drops and no guardrails. Beautiful views if you could get over the dizzying heights. Road is very very curvy with long steep climbs followed by geared down drops to the floor of the canyon. Stopped by Wal-Mart for some food and drinks, calling it a night. Aleta crocheted while I worked a little on the blog.... read more
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North America » United States » Colorado » Montrose November 10th 2009

From Death Valley we stopped briefly at Zion National Park to take the hike we missed there a few years back. It is named "Angel's Landing" since those who don't make it fall to their death and (hopefully) become angels. While holding onto chains and locating the smallest crack to stabilize my feet I was sure my time was up. It was terrifying. Thankfully Terry was in front showing me how to survive. Again, I owe him my life! We continued our trip to Montrose, CO to visit our long-time friends Marie and Richard who moved there from Grand Rapids, MI. We knew that the snowstorm forecasted for the front range of the Rockies would impact our trip, so had to gamble on which day to travel. We did find some snow on the roads but ... read more
Marie & Richard in Ridgeway SP
Carrie & Nancy
Black Canyon, CO

North America » United States » Colorado » Montrose September 29th 2009

Our first stop this morning was a stop off the main highway to a place called Marble, CO. The small town is named after the marble quarry that supplied the marble for the Lincoln Memorial and the tomb of the unknown soldier. It was a beautiful ride with shimmering aspens lining the road. You could tell when we were getting close to the town - - large pieces of marble were in people’s front yards and along the roadside. There are remnants of the old mill where the marble was cut and we walked around. Marble walls are still standing. We drove up the 4 mile winding narrow dirt road to the quarry, but they didn’t have tours and you could only see it from a distance. Next we headed over McClure pass, which is known ... read more
Blue Skies and Yellow Aspens
Aspens and Ferns
Marble on the Roadside

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North America » United States » Colorado » Montrose August 5th 2008

4th Aug - Left Blanding this morning and headed south to Bluff and on to the Four Corners Monument (UT, AZ, CO, NM), then on to Montezuma and a detour into the Mesa Verda Nation Park to see Spruce Tree House (Ancient ruins of the Pueblo people). We then drove east to Darango and took the scenic San Juan Highway north to night stop in Montrose. Along the highway we climbed above 10,000 feet in three places and once to 11,090 feet (gasp - cross checked with the GPS). Pam and George ... read more
Four Corners

North America » United States » Colorado » Montrose July 18th 2007

I did not want to leave the Grand Canyon! You can definitely spend several days here exploring, hiking or going to any of the many programs they have to offer. Whether you spend one day or one week, it certainly should be added to your list of 'things to do and see.' My trip now takes me to the Scenic Byway of Southwestern Colorado. But first, a stop at the Four Corners (the point where Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico meet.) Don't expect much! It's out in the desert and a I guess it is a place to stop if you just really want to add it to your list of places you have been. I did. You can have your picture taken on the monument where all four states meet, and browse all ... read more
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