We decided to take scenic US 285 out of Denver this year. It's one of my favorite drives over the Rockies. I have a lot of pictures out the windows. Luckily Ron had just cleaned the windshield.
It's a steady climb beginning with the foothills.
We followed the North Fork of the South Platte River (now, that's a confusing name.)
And went over a couple of passes.
After the second pass, the road takes you 'down' to 9500 feet and into South Park. Surrounded by mountains, South Park is a 1000 square-mile grassland basin. It just strikes me as very unusual.
We stopped for the night in a lovely pull-off about 1/4 mile off the road.
The next day we continued on US 285 over a lower pass
And down into the Arkansas River Valley (in the distance.)
We settled for several days in Salida, one of my favorite towns, at 7000 feet. We usually stay on BLM land in the hills to the west of town, but this time we joined Nancy, Randy, and Jeanne in the free BLM campground just east of town. (Sorry, no pictures of them, but you can link to their blogs.)