Fantasy Friday – Rocky Mountain High

Welcome to Colorado!

I bet that’s what my boyfriend just heard this morning. I have just returned from Pearson Airport, sending him off to Colorado for some work to be done.

I really do not think it is fair at all that he gets to be the one heading to the airport all of the time. He hates it!

Ohhhh, if I could trade places with him (except for working on his behalf).

So what would I be doing right now if I just landed in Boulder, Colorado? Why, exploring the natural beauty of the Rocky Moutains, of course!

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1. Lost Creek Wilderness

 This Pike National Forest treasure takes its name from a creek of the same title that repeatedly disappears underground and into rock piles. While the mysterious waterway lures fly fisherman and the 130 miles of secluded trails beckons hikers, it’s the bizarre red rock formations that wear the crown at the 119,790-acre central Colorado park.

Dense forest lines endless exotic granite domes, knobs and spires dotted with adventurous climbers any day of the week. Horse riding and camping are welcome and enjoy a backdrop of three mountain ranges between 8,000 and 12,400 feet: the Platte River, Kenosha and Tarryall.

With its off-the-beaten-path position, Lost Creek Wilderness offers an intimate visit with nature and frequent peeks at the resident mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep and occasional black bear. Venture beyond the Lost Park campground and follow the trail around a bend where the rock walls slim and form a spectacular mini-canyon.

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2. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Because the dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness, this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways. Whether you play in Medano Creek, build a sand castle, slide down the dunes, go birdwatching in wetlands or ascend a 13,000-foot peak, you will discover plenty of kinds of outdoor recreation for all ages.

3.Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park is a jewel – high peaks, spectacular scenery, easy access. Check the calendar to see what’s up in the Park, Estes Park and Grand Lake. Browse the extensive collection of photos and videos. Select a scenic drive, hiking trail or easy stroll. Get info on climbing, skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, boating, sledding, birding, lodging.

4. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

5. Mesa Verde National Park

We want to welcome you as our guest to the nation’s richest archeological preserve, where amazing cliff dwellings and more than 4,000 ancient sites.

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Sigh…take me home!

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