We were lucky to spot these guys. Cruising down the Colorado highway, saw an animal walking along the side of the road was larger than a dog and smaller than a moose. Thought it might be a sheep, sure enough. Found a collection of these critters up on the rocks. Don't they blend in well?
Pinkerton Hot Springs, Durango, Colorado. Our travelling friend Chris Moose was amazed and enthralled to find this colorful spring right next to the highway that leads from Durango to Silverton. He confessed the water was not quite warm enough for his tastes, and that it did not taste particularly good.
The Cliff Palace ruins. The advantage of visiting in the winter is not seeing hordes of tourists on guided tours. The disadvantage is having to view the ruins from a distance. There was lots of snow around, unfortunately, not on the trees.
Our first soak at Orvis Hot Springs in the Sangre de Christo Mountains above the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Most of the water at these springs is warm, not hot. Two new pools utilize excess electricity from the pelton wheel to heat the water to around 103 degrees. Great soaking!
There's a good reason Hanging Lake is one of the most popular hikes in the state of Colorado. Geologically speaking, there are few places in the world that can compare to this marvel of Mother Nature. Hanging Lake is a rare example of a lake formed by travertine deposition where the natural geologic and hydro-logic processes continue to operate as they have done for thousands of years.
I was standing on snow-covered branches with no firm ground underneath me when I made that shot. The camera was on a tripod, but there was nothing solid holding the tripod up, when I made this long time exposure. I made quite a few shots in the hopes that I would get lucky.
Hanging out at Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon, just east of Glenwood Springs. One of the "must do's" even this time of year. A 1.2 mile trail with an elevattion gain of over 1,000 feet on a snow packed trail. Some strap-on cleats from Walmart did the job for us. Warterfalls were a little frosty,
We usually do not stay at luxury hotels, but have opted for a luxurious break at the Spa Resort in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. This indulgence is worth every penny, with over twenty pools to choose from at the world's deepest geothermal hot spring.