USA 1998: Colorado and Utah

I can’t remember why I was in Boulder in 1998 staying at the University of Colorado. I’ve been to Boulder several times since it is the location of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), as well as various Government Agencies. My friend Zoe came with me and we spent a couple of weeks exploring parts of Colorado and Utah, either staying in hotels or camping. I didn’t keep a diary so I’ve reconstructed our route from a few notes, and the photographs taken during the trip.

Notes: Where a  “guide book” is mentioned it would either be “The Colorado Handbook” by Stephen Metzger (3rd Ed. 1996) or “The Utah Handbook” by Bill Meir & W.C. McRae (5th Ed. 1997) both published by Moon Publications Inc.  The photographs are digital “prints” from colour negatives some of which had degraded over time.The route maps shown are based on a screen capture from Google Maps. The Mesa Verde map is based on satellite imagery from Google Maps combined with information on roads, cliff dwellings and stream beds from the National Park map.

[click on photos or text for diary entry]
Boulder and the Rocky Mountain National Park
Leadville – Western Hardware Store and the Silver Dollar Saloon
From Leadville to Mesa Verde via the Black Canyon of the Gunnison
At Mesa Verde – camping, and photos of the Cliff Dwellings
Moab – sandstone Arches and desolate Canyonlands
Colorado National Monument – camping among sandstone cliffs
Back to Denver – Gold mines and Shady Ladies

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