Bear Creek Trail- Telluride, CO

The town of Telluride, CO is a stunning destination in the summer. Nestled between magnificent mountains at an elevation of nearly 9000’… it is a great place to beat the heat.

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Every trail from town leads upward into these spectacular views… some more steeply than others. Acclimating to the altitude can take a few days, so a more gradual climb like the Bear Creek Trail is a good choice for those first days’ outings.

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The trail begins on the southern edge of town, just off the river trail at the end of Pine Street and ascends about 1000 ft in 2.5 miles at a steady, moderate incline. . Wildflowers bloom along the roadside and across the meadows that open up to reveal craggy peaks and spacious hillsides.

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The weather can change quickly here, so go prepared. I was pleased to discover that, during a light summer shower, an umbrella can provide a comfortable mobile shelter without trapping body heat like a poncho.

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At the end if the trail you will find yourself perched on the hillside with Bear Creek Falls splashing beside you. It is worth going the entire way. Take a lunch and sit for a spell. Enjoy.
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What a great way to spend a day!

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Ute Mountain Tribal Lands Tour

Enticed by the description of undisturbed remote ancient ruins in National Geographic Traveler ( http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/ute-mountain-tribal-park-traveler/ )…. We dedicated a few days of a recent road trip to a full day tour on the Ute Mountain reservation south of Cortez, Colorado.

I can’t say much more than others have… Including this account on the indiepodcast http://indietravelpodcast.com/usa/colorados-ute-mountain-tribal-park/

So, I will just share some photo highlights from our day: (note: I intended to add captions to each photo but I don’t seem to be able to do that on a mobile connection. )

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Snow covered morning?

With unusual cold forecast for this last weekend in April, I looked forward to staying cozy under warm covers until the sun was high.  But, when Saturday morning brightened to reveal a  thin layer of snow blanketing our yard, I couldn’t resist scrambling out of bed, camera in hand.  This scene wouldn’t last long… so, I slipped on flip flops and a bath robe and  wandered out to capture a few images.

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