RMNP to Leadville CO

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September 26th 2009
Published: October 15th 2009
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Abstract of ElkAbstract of ElkAbstract of Elk

We saw this fellow as we started on the Trail Ridge Road. He was scratching his antlers on a bush and he appeared to be alone.
Trail Ridge Rd was open and we were on it by 6:45am. We wanted to avoid the weekend crowds. TR Rd is the highest paved road in North America. It travels along the spine of the Rockies with the highest point over 12,000 ft. There were some good mountain views and the skies were blue, but it was cold and windy at the top. In the afternoon we left RMNP behind and traveled southwest to Leadville, the 2 mile high town. It was a scenic drive with ranch land, brown rolling mountains sprinkled with golden aspen, snowcapped mountains in the distance and several large lakes and reservoirs. We’re in the middle of ski country now. Leadville was a prosperous mining town of 30,000 during the late 1800’s. Now it’s an antique haven, tourist town and outdoor recreation mecca. We stayed at an RV campground in town -no Wal-Mart here, but there was a Pizza Hut we enjoyed.

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Early Morning Light Early Morning Light
Early Morning Light

We drove Trail Ridge Rd. early. We avoided the crowds and caught the sun striking the mountain tops. It was cold.
Top View on Trail Ridge RdTop View on Trail Ridge Rd
Top View on Trail Ridge Rd

This was about 12, 000 ft. up. It was very COLD and windy.
Mountain lakeMountain lake
Mountain lake

A lake in the lower altitude of the road. There was still some snow and ice around. The road had been closed for 4 days. It generally closes for the season in mid-Oct.
Colorado RiverColorado River
Colorado River

The river starts on the western side of the Rocky Mountains as a placid, shallow river
Ranch on the Way to LeadvilleRanch on the Way to Leadville
Ranch on the Way to Leadville

South of RMNP the mountains became more like rolling hills and it was ranch country
Restored Leadville Building Restored Leadville Building
Restored Leadville Building

Many of the victorian facades of Leadville's buildings have been restored. The town and mining area peaked in the early 1900's.
Victorian WindowVictorian Window
Victorian Window

The details attracted me.
View of Mt. ElbertView of Mt. Elbert
View of Mt. Elbert

This 14,000 ft mountain towers over Leadville. This is the view from our RV park. Walking the dogs early in the morning has its advantages.

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