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 Service did a wonderful job of providing lookout points slightly off the road. They were perched right at the edge of the cliffs, providing spectacular views all around, especially if you dared to lean out over the railings. I hope our pictures convey the magnitude and beauty we experienced.