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


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


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!


Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd

Mountain sports addict. Dog Mom. Craft beer drinker. Tech nerd. The best days are those spent above 10k ft. Meet me on Twitter, Facebook, or Google +

1 Comment

Derek (100 Peaks) · December 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Wow. Just wow.

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