Colorado Traveler

Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun July 20, 2014

The North Rim – Across the Great Divide

PHOTOS: Rick DuVal

The Grand Canyon has a split personality.

Your experience at one of America’s most iconic sights may well depend on which Grand Canyon you choose.

The popular South Rim bustles with activity, with 45 million visitors a year vying for parking spots, rooms at lodges, tables in restaurants and even a place in line at the gift shop check-out.

There’s a town, Tusayan, just outside the park, with still more lodging and dining options. The South Rim is accessible most of the year.

Then there’s the North Rim.

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun July 13, 2014

South Park City: The Old West Town That Never Was

Credit Photos Rick DuVal

Step off the boardwalks onto the dusty streets of South Park City, and you step back in time. Is it too much, then, to ask that a pair of gunslingers appear for a shoot-out?

Well, probably.

This isn’t a Western ghost town – though you could fool some folks. It’s a museum in the old mining town of Fairplay.

And it’s nothing like the adult cartoon series on TV. No snarky little kids, crude language or dark humor. Just history that practically comes alive before you.

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Colorado Traveler: Call of the Wild

Courtesy of the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

  The howl of the wolf is a song rarely heard in Colorado these days. The wild ones are gone, driven to extinction by hunting since 1945. The controversy about reintroducing them to the state rages on as we speak. But you can hear their howls at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, tucked into a secluded sanctuary near the town of Divide, just west of Colorado Springs, up Ute Pass.

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Crested Butte: WILD about FLOWERS

Columbine
Sherry Allen

  Summer comes late to Colorado’s high country, but as the snow finally recedes from the peaks of the West Elk Mountains, the wildflowers grow bolder, get taller and paint the slopes with a veritable rainbow of colors.

By July, the Alpine valley that is home to Crested Butte is blanketed with swaths of red and orange Indian paintbrush. Periwinkle blue columbines drape the hillsides around and above town. This natural artist’s palette is rounded out by dainty scarlet gilia, iridescent blue flax, cheery yellow sunflowers, deep purple delphiniums and dusky blue lupines.

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Colorado Traveler: A Sea of Grassland Part Two

Last week, we talked about the hidden beauty of Comanche National Grassland, in southeastern Colorado. We talked about the abundant wildlife and the rock art. But there’s so much more.

  Also in the canyon are ruins of a squatter's cabin, similar to ruins seen all over the grasslands -- stacked but crumbling walls of rocks.

 

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Colorado Traveler: A Sea of Grassland Part One

Comanche National Grasslands
Credit Michael Menefee Fort Photo Flickr

   

   As far as the eye can see, the prairie stretches, endlessly flat until it meets a stark blue sky at the horizon. An occasional dark dot in the distance might be a shrub or a cow, but the dominant gray-green, tan and buff tend to blend into one homogenous hue.

At first glance, Comanche National Grassland in southeastern Colorado is not an exciting place. But first, even second, glances don't do justice to the subtle beauty of this hidden corner of Colorado.

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Colorado Traveler
12:30 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Rocky Mountain National Park: “The Great Lone Land”

Credit Wikipedia

  Long before the tourists came, before the roads were built and the trails improved, an intrepid Englishwoman explored the vastness of what is now Rocky Mountain National Park.

Isabella Bird’s sojourn came in the fall of 1873 and winter of 1874, not long after the mountain man and before the area’s first ranches were established.

She recorded her impressions for posterity in one of my favorite books, “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains,” waxing poetic about the pristine landscape and vividly describing the hardships she encountered. She wrote:

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