Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is in western Colorado. It surrounds part of a deep, steep-walled gorge carved through Precambrian rock by the Gunnison River. Roads and trails along the north and south rims have views of the Black Canyon’s dramatic drops and the striated Painted Wall cliff. The winding East Portal Road descends to the river. Wildlife includes mule deer, elk and golden eagles.
Imagine if you could see the Milky Way from your front porch? If you live in the Wet Mountain Valley of Colorado, you can. The valley is home to Westcliffe and Silver Cliff International Dark-Sky Association Dark Sky Communities, where night sky quality is shielded from excessive light pollution through various measures taken by the citizens and the local authorities. While Wet Mountain Valley is known for the spectacular snowy mountains many visit during the day, the views are even more stunning at night.
Explored the Colorado mining history in the San Juan Mountains near Ouray Colorado. Spend some time in Ouray and then ventured out to the Silver Cloud, Yankee Girl, Idarado and Chattanooga mines in one day. Great exploration, history, golden aspen trees… and a hidden hot spring! Visited October 1, 2020.
Ouray, Colorado is widely regarded as one of America’s most beautiful towns. Although the town was built by mining, it was the spectacular beauty of the area that gave Ouray long life as a tourist destination.
After the silver crash of 1893, when many mining communities were destined to become ghost towns, C.L. Hall remarked “Ouray is Peerless. She will be famous as a mountain resort when many of the now famous watering places are abandoned and forgotten”.
Colorado National Monument is home for cool hikes and amazing views. It’s located in western Colorado near the town of Grand Junction. Join a friend and I as we hike to Independence Rock. Afterwards we’ll take in the rim overlooks that give spectacular views into the canyon. Visited on September 30, 2020.
Colorado National Monument is a National Park Service unit near the city of Grand Junction, Colorado. Sheer-walled canyons cut deep into sandstone and granite–gneiss–schist rock formations. This is an area of desert land high on the Colorado Plateau, with pinyon and juniper forests on the plateau.
Colorado, a western U.S. state, has a diverse landscape of arid desert, river canyons and snow-covered Rocky Mountains, which are partly protected by Rocky Mountain National Park. Elsewhere, Mesa Verde National Park features Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. Perched a mile above sea level, Denver, Colorado’s capital and largest city, features a vibrant downtown area.
Located just over an hour’s drive, 42 miles west of Colorado Springs and at the end of a private road, KBO Ranch is 360± acres of raw, undeveloped mountain terrain and exceptional wildlife habitat. Views from the property are spectacular and include Pikes Peak, Mount Pisgah, the Collegiate Peaks, and the sun-soaked Sangre De Cristo Mountains.
The land is vacant and undeveloped, while approximately 70 percent is tree covered with large stands of mature ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and aspen surrounded by meadows and oak-covered hillsides. The topography is varied and elevations range from 9,500 feet at the high bluff site, down to 8,550 feet in the secluded valley bottom. The current owners have developed extensive trail systems, only allowed ATV access, and limited the use of the property to hunting only.
Large herds of elk and mule deer roam the property along with bears, turkey, and mountain lions. With over 3.6 miles of common boundary with adjacent conserved lands, this property will remain a private and secluded retreat.
Denver, the capital of Colorado, is an American metropolis dating to the Old West era. Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block, features landmark 19th-century buildings. Museums include the Denver Art Museum, an ultramodern complex known for its collection of indigenous works, and the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown. Denver is also a jumping-off point for ski resorts in the nearby Rocky Mountains.
Filmed and Edited by: Jason Hatfield
This is the time of year myself and other photographers share our favorite photos from the past year. 2020 was obviously a very challenging time and despite struggles of my own I was vastly more fortunate than many. As I started to think on what were my favorite photographs I decided this time to share a film that conveys some of the incredible experiences and views I had. There’s so much more that happened but just these few minutes is enough.
Locations featured include: Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia
Rocky Mountain National Park – from trails to treetops to tundra, we explore the sprawling beauty of Colorado’s wilderness.
Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado spans the Continental Divide and encompasses protected mountains, forests and alpine tundra. It’s known for the Trail Ridge Road and the Old Fall River Road, drives that pass aspen trees and rivers. The Keyhole Route, a climb crossing vertical rock faces, leads up Longs Peak, the park’s tallest mountain. A trail surrounding Bear Lake offers views of the peaks.
Light, bright, open, and airy, the generous layout of this top-floor resort residence offers a sophisticated lifestyle with Vail Mountain views and an extensive list of lavish amenities. Highlights include coveted winter ski access for an easy mountain-to-village connection. Enjoy complimentary shuttle service to the dedicated ski concierge at the base of Gondola One where you have a private locker in Gorsuch’s Ski Valet.
Or shuttle to Lionshead and Golden Peak for additional village & ski access as well as children’s ski schools. The welcoming great room in this three-bedroom, four-bath home offers ample space to host memorable moments with family and friends. Overlooking Vail’s frontside ski runs and the resort courtyard with 75-foot year-round pool, hot tubs, and outdoor pavilion, the great room features rich natural materials throughout and includes a large living area, dining for eight, sitting area by a rustic stone fireplace, and a secluded office space for work-from-home convenience.