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Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

 thumbnail - Arkansas River at Bent's Old Fort

Camp area on the Arkansas River at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Bents Old Fort National Historic Site, Colorado

July 24, 2009
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 thumbnail - Howitzer and Conestoga wagon at Bent's Old Fort

Mountain howitzer and Conestoga wagon at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Bents Old Fort National Historic Site, Colorado

July 23, 2009
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A fur press in the courtyard at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Bents Old Fort National Historic Site, Colorado

July 24, 2009
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The blacksmith shop, key to restoration, at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Bents Old Fort National Historic Site, Colorado

July 24, 2009
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

 thumbnail - Gunnison Point and the visitor center

Gunnison Point and the visitor center

, Colorado

May 22, 2006
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 thumbnail - Chasm Point, directly opposite the Painted Wall

Chasm Point, directly opposite the Painted Wall

, Colorado

May 22, 2006
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Colorado National Monument

 thumbnail - Fruita Viewpoint at Colorado National Monument

This viewpoint on Rimrock Drive is near the campground and 800 feet above the horseshoe curve on the road below. Note the cars on the cliff-edge road. If you don't like driving on a road with a big drop-off and few walls or railings, be warned.

Colorado National Monument, Colorado

June 12, 2014
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 thumbnail - Otto's Point, Colorado National Monument

Otto's Point, with a close-up view of the Pipe Organ, Colorado National Monument, near Fruita

, Colorado

July 7, 2007
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Curecanti National Recreation Area

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Dinosaur National Monument

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

 thumbnail - Fossil Sequoia Stump and the Florissant Fossil Beds Visitor Center

A fossil tree stump and the Visitor Center at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado

July 24, 2009
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 thumbnail - Giant Sequoia Stump at Florissant Fossil Beds

A fossilized giant Sequoia stump at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado

July 24, 2009
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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

 thumbnail - Wading Medano Creek at Great Sand Dunes

Wading Medano Creek to the dune field at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

July 22, 2009
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 thumbnail - Sand Dunes Above Medano Creek

Sand dunes above Medano Creek, Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

July 22, 2009
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Hovenweep National Monument

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Mesa Verde National Park

 thumbnail - Mesa Verde National Park visitor center

The huge visitor center built on the flats at the north base of the mesa features a large kiva-like room and a lot of artwork. This is where reservations and tickets are obtained for tours of the ruins.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

May 9, 2014
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 thumbnail - Lookout building on Park Point at Mesa Verde

This fire lookout, and many other park structures and roads, were built by the CCC, Civilian Conservation Corps, in the 1930's. This high crest of the mesa reaches 8572 feet (2613 meters) and affords a view of four states.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

May 9, 2014
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 thumbnail - Next to the kiva entrance at Spruce Tree Ruin

Next to the kiva entrance at Spruce Tree Ruin

, Colorado

June 5, 2000
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Mesa Verde Spruce Tree House

 thumbnail - Square Tower viewpoint at Mesa Verde

Square Tower House conttains the tallest building at measa Verde

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

May 9, 2014
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Mesa Verde Mesa Top Loop Road

 thumbnail - Cliff Palace viewpoint at Mesa Verde

Cliff Palace is the largest and most famous of the Anasazi ruins at Mesa Verde. It was discovered in 1888 by cowboys looking for lost cattle. Early photographs of it drew international attention and led to the creation of the national park.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

May 9, 2014
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Rocky Mountain National Park

 thumbnail - Bear Lake on a Rainy Afternoon

Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

July 27, 2009
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Bear Lake Road

 thumbnail - Horseshoe Park

Horseshoe Park in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

July 27, 2009
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Rocky Mountain National Park - Trail Ridge Road

 thumbnail - Many Parks Curve at Rocky Mountain

Many Parks Curve viewpoint on the Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

July 27, 2009
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Eastern Section of Trail Ridge Road

 thumbnail - Hailstones on the Tundra

Fresh hailstones cover the groundon the Ute Trail, Trail Ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

July 26, 2009
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Summit Section of Trail Ridge Road

 thumbnail - Far View Curve Above the Colorado

Far View Curve above the Colorado River, Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

July 27, 2009
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Headwaters of the Colorado River

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

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Yucca House National Monument

 thumbnail - Yucca House access is through a ranch

It really felt like we were dropping in to visit somebody's home, going up the driveway and parking by their lawn. But signs clearly pointed to the boardwalk and gate leading to the unexcavated pueblo beyond.

Yucca House National Monument, near Cortez, Colorado

May 10, 2014
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 thumbnail - Shallow pits and swales mark locations of buildings at Yucca House

Many pueblos on flat ground looked like this before excavation and/or restoration. Only an expert eye would even notice that this was once a human habitation built of stone.

Yucca House National Monument, near Cortez, Colorado

May 10, 2014
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