Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado

Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado

Beyond skiing, the Denver Broncos and the Stock Show, Colorado has plenty of activity in its mountains and canyon country. Echo Park (above) comprises the Yampa River flowing west, joining the Green River out of Wyoming from the north. Rafting popular here. Hunting in the surrounding BLM and national forest areas some of the best in the nation! I’ve seen mountain bluebirds, eagles, magpies, elk and antelope in this NW Colorado setting. Brown’s Park NWR and the Gates of Lodore nearby. Deerlodge Campground in a cottonwood grove with aspen accessible west of Maybell. The Split Mountain anticline campgrounds are just over the Utah stateline west of here. Unlike other national parks/monuments in the state, Dinosaur with its quarry of bones is more remote and not as busy. In 1992 en route to Utah skiing, I slept in 10 above zero at Split Mountain-it can be cold. The elevations are a little higher too than the Four Corners region to the south. Watercolor.

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