Across the Rockies

Trip Start Mar 10, 2013
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Trip End Jun 09, 2013


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Monday, May 20, 2013

Crossed the state line in to Colorado, we really enjoyed Colorado when we were here last year, but one of the roads in the Rocky Mountains National Park that we wanted to do was still closed last year so the plan was to do it this trip. Alas, it is closed again this year, with the magical opening date of Memorial Day weekend. When we worked it out we were only a week earlier last year so it shouldn't have been a surprise that it was still closed. Last trip we went from south to north, while this trip it has been east to west. The eastern part was quite different, much flatter & not as mountainous.

Because the road was closed we did one a bit further to the north which also involved crossing a mountain pass or two. The drive up through the canyon was beautiful & because it was a lovely sunny Sunday, there were lots of people kayaking & white water rafting. By the time we got to the top of the pass the weather had changed, it was snowing in places & raining ice , not sleet. We started the day in shorts & t-shirts but soon had to change. The first pass was Cameron Pass at 10,276ft & the next one was Rabbit Ears Pass at 9,429ft.

We had a day where it rained off & on for most of the day but it wasn't heavy, just nuisance rain & we were only driving anyway. Eventually we crossed the state line in to Utah. The road down towards Moab followed the Colorado River & we were driving through a huge canyon. It was absolutely amazing, the camera was in overdrive. We had hoped to camp in the National Park but the campground was full as people book it out 5-6 months in advance. However, they have a few campgrounds along the river that are run by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) so we went there. Turned out to be a better option than the National Park. We are right beside the river with a stunning view & the weather is perfect
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