Our cooler weather with windy conditions makes me think back to a trip we made to Wyoming when we lived in Northern Colorado. Have you ever been to Wyoming…the land of wide-open spaces? The entire state has less people than Phoenix, Arizona (579,315 as of 2017) and is known for its expansive blue skies.
We left Loveland on the 287 north and followed that for about 1 ½ hours and then connected to the 130 West. If you fly into Denver International Airport (DIA) allow an extra hour as the airport is way out east. After about another 30 minutes, we entered the Snow Range Mountain Scenic Byway.
We had visited the Snowy Range Mountains during the summer, but in the fall, you have to pay attention to the weather as it snows early up here. The range is over 10,000 feet tall, and we encountered snow…thus its name! The drive is incredible with breathtaking views. It isn’t super long, and it isn’t always open so check before you go.
The Snowy Range has sharp, majestic peaks along with glacial lakes, lush meadows, and raging mountain streams. The scenic road was built in the 1870s for wagons and was widened in the 1920s for horse-drawn carriages. Eventually in the 1930s, it was paved and became an official Scenic Byway in 1988. We went not only for the beautiful scenery but to also walk around. It was chilly with a strong wind. Come prepared with layers, hats, and gloves…any time of year because you just don’t know what mood Mother Nature will be in.
We made our way to the summit and walked to the overlook where you can see several other mountain ranges in the distant. We could even see Colorado from here. Whoa! We weren’t staying or camping overnight due to the early snow, but in the summer, the Snowy Range offers great opportunities to get away from it all without the crowds. Colorado has gotten overcrowded, and I think Wyoming gets forgotten. Put it on your list to adventuring because it has much to offer!
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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