Colorado is renowned for its Rocky Mountain highs that draw tourists from far and wide to visit (and we’re not talking the relatively new marijuana industry, though admittedly, that plays a part too). Conducted since 2008, the Gallup-Healthways report analyzes the overall feelings of motivation, support, personal safety, physical energy. More info: earthporm Photo Credit: Rob Greebon Photography
Maroon Lake Maroon Lake near Aspen is perfectly positioned to reflect the famous image of the Maroon Bells, which lures photographers, and fishing enthusiasts from around the world. Photo Credit: colorado.com
Hanging Lake Stunningly green Hanging Lake appears to cling to the edge of a mountainside near Glenwood Springs. It’s surrounded by moss-covered rocks, while wisps of water gently cascade quietly off the cliff into its tranquil waters.
Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park Climbing the highest paved through road in America, drivers can see all the way to Wyoming in the north, to Colorado’s vast plains, Longs Peak to the east and all the way to the headwaters of the Colorado River in the west. Photo Credit: Erik Stensland/imagesofrmnp.com
Last night I ran up to the top of Trail Ridge Road for sunset. There was heavy smoke filling the skies from wildfires in the far north of Canada which had blown down. It was so thick that I couldn’t even see Longs Peak from up there! However, smoke makes for colorful sunsets and so I made sure to watch the sun set behind the Never Summer Mountains as it lit up tundra wildflowers.
Independence Pass Famous for its gorgeous fall foliage as well as expansive views and more fourteeners (peaks that stand more than 14,000 feet above sea level) that can be seen from this spot than any other place in the state, including three of the five tallest: La Plata Peak, Mount Massive and the tallest, Mount Elbert, driving Independence Pass is a must experience. Photo Credit: philhawkinsphoto.com
Sky Pond, Rocky Mountain National Park There are plenty of lesser-known hidden gems too, like Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park, an emerald-hued glacier lake. Photo Credit: Steven Bateman/303magazine.com