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Hike to Ice Caves, Waterfall and Erratics on Grottos Trail Near Aspen, Colorado
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Hike to Ice Caves, Waterfall and Erratics on Grottos Trail Near Aspen, Colorado

This is a short hike with a huge wow factor. The Grottos Trail off of Independence Pass near Aspen, Colorado, has geological wonders including unusual boulders, an ice cave and cascading waterfall. Grottos Trail is very popular. To be the crowds, do what my friend Lisa and I did. Get to the trailhead before 7 … Continue reading

A Peaceful “Rocky Mountain High” in the John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen
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A Peaceful “Rocky Mountain High” in the John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen

The scenic open space of John Denver Sanctuary is a fitting tribute to the singer famous for “Rocky Mountain High” and other songs written about the allure of the Rocky Mountains.  Prior to his death in a private plane crash in 1997, Aspen was his home for many years.  “Starwood in Aspen” showcases his love … Continue reading

Want to See a Moose? Explore the West Side of Rocky Mountain National Park
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Want to See a Moose? Explore the West Side of Rocky Mountain National Park

The west side of Rocky Mountain National Park is the wetter side. The Grand Lake side is also the less traveled side. Your odds of seeing a moose are much high on the west side. I was spending one night at Grand Lake Lodge because I was doing some live and taped television segments from … Continue reading

Bloods Lake Hike on Guardsman Pass near Heber City, Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah
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Bloods Lake Hike on Guardsman Pass near Heber City, Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah

Guardsman Pass is a scenic mountain backway connecting Heber City and Park City to Brighton and on to Salt Lake City. The road and trails are flanked with lush mountain foliage including aspens, pines and wildflowers. My friend Pam and I did Blood Lake Trail, one of the more popular hikes on the pass. It’s … Continue reading

Hike to Mad Creek Barn in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Hike to Mad Creek Barn in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Barns are an iconic symbol of the ranching lifestyle in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  One of my favorite historic barns is Mad Creek Barn.  The hike is four miles round trip in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area north of Steamboat. The first ten minutes of the hike are a gradual incline with no shade.  Make sure … Continue reading