After Rocky Mountain National Park we spent a few days in Boulder and Denver for the Great American Beer Festival. We spent a morning climbing at Flagstaff Mountain outside of Boulder, then headed to our hotel in Denver. The GABF festivities were in the afternoon and evening so Friday morning we decided to drive down to Colorado Springs to check out Garden of the Gods. While we didn’t have time to hike or climb we did enjoy the photographic opportunities.

Pikes Peak through Garden of the Gods formation
Pikes Peak through Garden of the Gods formation
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods
Kissing Camels
Kissing Camels
More Garden of the Gods Photos

After GABF we started our way back west via 70 with a detour over Independence Pass into Aspen. We were really fortunate to be there during peak fall colors so we decided to spend the time to take a shuttle bus into Maroon Bells to check out the scenery. I’m really glad we did. Although it was a cloudy and stormy day we really enjoyed photographing the beautiful colors with striking peaks in the background.

Twin Lakes (near Mt Elbert)
Twin Lakes (near Mt Elbert)
Maroon Bells on a Cloudy Fall Day
Maroon Bells on a Cloudy Fall Day
Maroon Bells
Maroon Bells
Aspen Grove
Aspen Grove
More Maroon Bells photos

From Maroon Bells and Aspen we headed back to 70 and continued west. Right around sunset we stopped at a BLM campground right along the Colorado River, just east of Moab. Tomorrow’s desintation: Arches National Park!

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