Rocky Mountain Scenery

Photos and Videos of Colorado Mountains and Snow on Memorial Day Weekend

My Photos of Rocky Mountain Scenery
May 26, 2012 - In two days I will be climbing Mt. Sheridan (elevation 13,748') in the Mosquito Range. Although I have some fitness from gym workouts, I wanted some training at a higher elevation, which led me to Cottonwood Pass (12,126 feet) this morning.

Wildfire Haze

As funny as this may seem for a page dedicated to Rocky Mountain scenery, above was the first photo I snapped while driving. With strong winds blowing wildfire smoke from New Mexico and southwest Colorado into our area, we could barely see Mount Princeton, which stands prominently to the west of our valley.

Rocky Mountain Scenery

At Cottonwood Pass, I hiked on the Continental Divide Trail. As you can see, piles of snow still remain in the mountain region.

Colorado Mountains

The mountain scenery was on the hazy side. Above is a shot of Jones Mountain (far right) east of the divide.

Cottonwood Pass Colorado

The Cottonwood Pass sign at the divide. This has to be the most photographed thing at this site, because of the large number of vacation traffic this area receives.

I hiked all over the place, simply walking at a brisk pace. I did include myself in the photo above in a large snow area.

Snow In The Forest

Below timberline, as I was returning to Buena Vista, I snapped pictures of the snow remaining in the forest. Yes folks, it was the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Snow takes its time melting in the Rocky Mountains! :)

Photos and commentary by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - Google Plus

Three Videos

On a hill overlooking Chaffee County Road 306 and the grand mountain scenery.

Another video on a ridge higher up. This time I showed the mountain views in all directions.
In some sections, I trudged through knee-deep snow! :)

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