Traversing the Rockies
Rocky Mountain National Park Travel Blog› entry 31 of 36 › view all entries
August 13th, 2006 – by: TRE69
As we headed up in elevation, the landscape changed from verdant meadows to heavily wooded sub-alpine forests to alpine tundra meadows with jagged rock slopes. Near the Gore Range Overlook, at an elevation of about 12,000 feet, Mar and I hopped out of the car to get blood circulating through our legs.
After the Gore Range Overlook, as we continued westward, road elevation began to decline...I had to be careful not to burn through my brakes. At Milner Pass off the Trail Ridge Road we had to commemorate crossing the Continental Divide by taking pictures with the sign. The Continental Divide is the 'line" that determines water flow towards the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Further down the road, I saw several cars parked along the highway. Curiously, I followed suit. When Mar and I got out of the car.
We headed out of Rocky Mountain National Park on US-34. Before leaving the park, I had to take a picture with the park sign just outside of the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, the park's western entrance. The driving goal for the day was to get to Moab, Utah by nightfall. We took the US-34 and US-40 to get to a major interstate highway, I-70 West. We drove westward through Vail and other ski resort towns. We ended up stopping in at Best Western Clifton Inn in the town of Clifton, Colorado for the night.
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