The eight subsequent pictures were taken in December, 2001, during a trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison, MesaVerde, and Great Sand Dunes.
The scenery of the monument was quite memorable.
The Green River flows down into the Colorado River.
The canyon has steep walls; it is very narrow.
The erosion has carved these spires.
I visited this cliff dwelling.
This one was harder to reach.
The Rockies from the west. You may see some sand dunes in front.
The dunes rise dramatically, but the mountains are even taller.
Dunes have dunes; the ripples in the sand are dunes in miniature.
The Rockies, when viewed from the plains heading West. When I moved to California, I flew over this.
The Colorado River as it enters Utah.
The red rocks near the Colorado-Utah border.
The Colorado River west of Grand Junction.
The Red Canyon walls.
The coupler to join two train cars.
The steel wheel of the sleeper I was in. Can be noisy on curves!
The view of Glenwood Springs.
It was snowing for a while, and this is roughly how it looked.
More of the Red Canyon. One wonders how it got its name?
An Alpine meadow in the Rockies.
Lower Gore Canyon was the first of several canyons.
Byers Canyon came next.
Rapids on the Colorado River.
Upper Gore Canyon was the last canyon before Granby.
The river was calm before entering the canyon.
The area around Granby, another meadow.
Fraser Canyon, the last canyon before the Continental Divide.
The east face of the Rockies, greener, less rough.
The city of Denver as seen from the Rockies.
The Rocky Mountains from Denver.
The snow caps from the distance are majestic.
This outcropping of rock was interesting.
More distant snowcaps as we climbed to the summit.
Winter Park is the highest stop at over 9000 feet above sea level. Even so, there are mountains around it.
Gore canyon was one of many through which we passed.
The light was not as good, as it was cloudy/drizzling with rain for much of the day.
The red canyon doesn't look quite so red in the shade.
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