Upper Ice Lake Basin

One of my favorite Colorado hikes of all time is still our trek to Ice Lake Basin. I highly recommend our Ice Lake Basin trail guide for planning your next visit here. The views were just absolutely stunning along the entire trail, along with the fun animals and flowers we saw along on the way. Upper Ice…

Frosty Notchtop Mountain

Snowshoeing is one of my favorite winter activities. I love the solitude and clean look of a landscape covered in white. It is amazing how noisy crowded summer trails turn into a calm, frozen, and secluded oasis in the winter. In this image is a frosty Notchtop Mountain, a very well-known mountain located in Rocky…

Aspens in October

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables I can’t describe my love for Colorado’s colorful Octobers any better than author L.M. Montgomery. This particular image of the beautiful Aspen trees was taken near Aspen, CO. The Aspen colony is considered to be the largest living organism on the…

Waterton Overlook

This is the view from the terminus of The Bears Hump trail in Waterton Lake National Park. Waterton is located in Canada, but it and Glacier National Park, in the US, make up the world’s first International Peace Park. The views within the park are truly breathtaking. The wildlife for me was the real attraction….

Sunset Over XingPing

This is the view from the top of Lao Chai Hill in XingPing, China. The karst mountains here are very famous amongst the Chinese people. In fact, the mountains appear on the back of their 20 CNY banknote. My wife and I traveled to some very remote places while visiting China and this was no exception. XingPing…

Glacier Point

Yosemite National Park’s granite monoliths and waterfalls are well known. It was a state park before National Parks even existed. My wife and I pulled up to the Glacier Point lot late one evening as the sun was beginning to set and the clouds covered everything. We only had two days at the park and were rather…

Independence Pass Sunset

This is Independence Pass, located east of Aspen, CO. It is 12,000′ above sea level. Although always beautiful, add a little ice melt and a sunset and it becomes one of the most stunningly scenic areas in Colorado.

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…