Category Archives: National Parks

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Almost everywhere we went in the San Luis Valley, we could see the huge sand dunes piled up against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. From a distance, they were dwarfed by the mountains. They got impressively larger as we drove … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain National Park — Moose

As we were getting out of our car at Holzwarth Historic Site, a kind man with a British accent pulled up in his SUV and informed us that family of moose were grazing in the meadow along the Colorado River. … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain National Park — West Side

The Never Summer Mountains Holzwarth Historic Site The Fleshut Cabin, built by the first person to homestead in the Colorado River Valley. The Holzwarth family operated a fishing camp/dude ranch in the area from 1918 into the 1970’s. Golden-mantled Ground … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain National Park — Trail Ridge Road

We drove west across the park on Trail Ridge Road, stopping at most of the pull-offs and overlooks along the way. This is the view from Rainbow Curve. The Forest Canyon Overlook. At lower elevations, the day had been extraordinary. … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain National Park — To Bear Lake

I’m still trying to get used to the fact that RMNP is only two-and-a-half hours from home. We were told mid-September is the best time to go to see Elk and fall colors. It has the added advantage of being … Continue reading

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Colorado National Monument

The forecast for Saturday was HOT. We got up early and drove an hour to Colorado National Monument. When we arrived, it was already warm but not oppressively so. Locals were still using part of the park road for their … Continue reading

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

We picked a hot weekend to explore our new home state. On a Friday morning, we headed west through Bighorn Sheep Canyon, over Monarch Pass, and along Blue Mesa Reservoir to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. In Curecanti … Continue reading

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Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Today was the 100th birthday of the National Park System. We celebrated by visiting Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio. Of course, they had cake. There are several sites scattered around Dayton. We visited the Wright Cycle … Continue reading

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Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

This park was nearly empty on this overcast, cool December afternoon. So much so that the National Park rangers decided it was a good day to wax the floors and we couldn’t enter half the building — one of those … Continue reading

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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Nothing particularly amazing ever happened at Fort Vancouver, but the site has had a long and varied history. I started my tour at the Pearson Air Museum, an old hangar for what used to be an Army air base — … Continue reading

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