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Southwest USA 2001
Colorado

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Rocky Mountain National Park

  

We drove straight from home to Colorado in a day and a half.  Rocky Mountain National Park was our first stop.

Here is a picture of "Horseshoe Park" - they refer to open meadow areas as "parks" here.

 

  
We went for a hike to a series three mountain lakes.  This one is called Dream Lake.
  

Trail Ridge Road (US Hwy 34) runs through the park, reaching at its highest point an elevation of 12,183 feet.  This is the eastern end as it ascends from Horseshoe Park. Spectacular views!

The high altitude took some getting used to, coming as we were from our home in Ontario, which is at an elevation of about 600 feet!

 

  
These strange rock formations are along Trail Ridge Road, above treeline at about 11,000 feet.

The highest that you can drive on a road in Canada is about 6500 feet, in Alberta.  This is a mile higher than that!

  
The western end of Trail Ridge Road, overlooking the Cache la Poudre River, from an elevation of about 11,500 feet.
  

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