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June 20: Golden, Colorado (just west of Denver).

We are in Clear Creek City Park N39° 45.197' W105° 13.193' Golden, Colorado. The campground is located on the south side of 10th street at the end of the road. Clear Creek City Campground is one of the nicest (location wise) campgrounds you can stay in (our opinion). located on Clear Creek 3-blocks from downtown Golden. They have paved interior roads with small backin sites (mature trees are so wonderful); 50-amps, water and sewer, $28.91 per-night 303-278-1437. There is a 2-week max stay before you have to leave the park and they do not take reservations.

Today is going to be an exciting day. We are going to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. However, we are going to enter Rocky Mountain National Park from the back side or the western side instead of going through Estes Park, the eastern entrance.

We are going to head west on I-70 through Idaho Springs to mile marker 232 and exit on US-40 which will take us up and over Berthoud Pass.

From Berthoud Pass we will fall down to Grand Lake, Colorado which is a beautiful little community high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

From Grand Lake we will continue on the the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park then up and over Milner Pass which will make the second time we have crossed over the Continental Divide today. The first time was at Berthoud Pass a short time ago.

From Milner Pass we continue on to the Alpine Visitors Center then follow Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park to Estes Park. From Estes Park back to Golden would be an exciting ride if we had not just been over the Continental Divide twice then driven down Trail Ridge Road.

Oh my! What a day. Now join us as we a small section of our exciting day.

This part of today's travel adventure consists of the Nature related things we saw today.

Woods Rose growing wild high in the Colorida Rockies

Woods Rose




This is a woods rose that grows wild in the Rockies adding a splash of color in the most opportune places.





Alpine Circue visible from Berthoud Pass



On the left is an alpine cirque.





View around Grand Lake, Colorado



There is some beautiful cattle ranching land near Grand Lake as evidenced by this picture.





Wild Wood Roses



These are woods roses growing wild in the Rockies.





Coyote near Estes Park







Geology near Golden, Colorado




North of Golden, Colorado on SR-93 is this classic hogback with a thick layer of hard lava rock protecting softer sandstones. When the lava was flowing it was most likely flowing down in a valley since liquid flows downhill. Now that same lava instead of being in a valley is the highest point around, all because of erosion.


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Here are some other Travel Adventures in this area that may interest you:

Golden, Colorado -- Kayaking Clear Creek in Golden, Colorado -- Golden Farmer's Market --

Hang Gliding on Lookout Mountain -- Buffalo Bill's Grave on Lookout Mountain -- Nature Center on Lookout Mountain

Evergreen, Colorado and Bear Creek scenic drive -- Dinosaur Ridge near Morrison, Colorado

Central City & Black Hawk, Colorado -- Mountain Goats of Mount Evans -- Clear Creek Canyon Scenic Drive

The Oh-My-God Road from Central City to Idaho Springs -- Boulder Canyon Scenic Drive -- Golden, Colorado

Evergreen, Colorado -- Kayaking fun in Clear Creek Golden, Colorado -- Mount Evans Scenic Drive -- Lookout Mountain

Summit Lake on Mount Evans ** Loveland Pass on I-70 ** Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 ** Colorado Ski Areas

Oversize Loads on US-6 ** I-70 West of Denver ** Clear Creek Water Sports Golden, Colorado

Colorado Nature ** I-70 around Idaho Springs ** Berthoud Pass ** Grand Lake, Colorado

Rocky Mountain Wildlife ** Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park ** Rocky Mountain National Park

Alpine Visitors Center Rocky Mountain National Park ** Milner Pass Rocky Mountain National Park


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Until next time remember how good life is.

Mike & Joyce Hendrix

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