La Plata Valley

Sometimes the journey is just as good as the destination. I love summiting 14ers in Colorado. After hours of grueling uphill climbs, I am always rewarded with unrestricted 360 views of the Rocky Mountain terrain. That is the case when summiting Colorado’s 5th highest mountain, La Plata Peak. You get this stunning view up the…

Above the Aspens

The 11,348′ Marcellina Mountain rises abruptly out of the sea of quaking Aspen trees in Colorado’s Elk Mountain Range. Marcellina is one of many mountains that rise above the Aspens in Colorado’s largest Aspen forest. You can find Marcellina along CO 12, a dirt road that runs through the heart of the Aspen forest west…

Overlooking Waterton

This stunning vista of the Rocky Mountains overlooks the Canadian national park known as Waterton. The overlook can be found along Hwy 6, east of the park. This road is a border crossing between the U.S. and Canada. It is a beautiful drive through the mountains that culminates with these sweeping views. You can see…

Purple Mountain Majesty

In 1893 Katherine L. Bates, a little-known English professor, left Boston to travel across the United States by train to teach a summer class at Colorado College. Like so many who have visited Colorado Springs during this era and after, she decided to take a trip up to the top of Pikes Peak. While at…

Mount of the Holy Cross

For many years frontiersmen from the western United States told stories about a mountain with a giant cross etched in to its face. It was considered a legend for many years due to its remote location high in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. When the first photographs in the mid-nineteenth century made their way…

Taranaki

This is Mount Taranaki (aka Mount Egmont), one of the most symmetrical volcanoes in the world. Taranaki was so named by the indigenous Maori people and roughly translated means “shining peak” (www.gns.cri.nz). At 8,261′ the mountain towers above the rest of the western edge of New Zealand’s North Island, which mostly sits at or near sea level….

A Meeker View

At 13,911′ high, Mount Meeker is only surpassed by Longs Peak within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park. This massive mountain stands like a sentinel watching over the southeastern side of the park. In fact, if you approach the park on Highway 7 coming from Lyons, this peak dominates the sky line for most…

Colorado Big

There is big and then there is Colorado Big! The elk in this photo is a big bull elk, but he is made to look small in the massive, mountainous landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park’s high country. I found him grazing in this high alpine field near the pass on Trail Ridge Road late last season. The…

Standing in Reflection

One of my favorite things to do is to take people I love to the places I love. So when my Mom and aunt came to visit me in Colorado I knew that the view from Aspen’s Maroon Lake of the Maroon Bells had to be on the itinerary. We arrived in the parking lot before…