three Awesome Stops

Elo and I are continuing to enjoy traveling along Highway 50.  It is such a treat.  We are now in Salina, Utah, but this post is about our time in Colorado, so let’s get to it!  

Our first stop was the Royal Gorge just west of Canon City.  The Royal Gorge is a 1,200 foot canyon on the Arkansas River, forming a 10-mile long gorge. We camped high up on the Eastern Rim and were most fortunate to find campsites that overlooked the gorge.  We stayed two nights.  Elo enjoyed mountain biking and I enjoyed resting since the virus I caught earlier has really been kicking my buttocks.

If you zoom in, you can see the river and the train.

Camped on the rim

After the Royal Gorge, we moved on to the Gunnison area, which I love.  We had our eye on Crested Butte, but were told it was way over crowded at the time, so we opted for an area a bit south and east of there.  It was lovely, and once again, there were two campsites just waiting for us to arrive.

Gunnison National Forest

We were camped on the Taylor River

My spot for the two nights

Rafting and fishing were popular 

Elo fishing for trout on the Taylor River, just a few steps from our campsites.

We stayed here for two nights as well.  Elo fished and explored and I rested as yes, I still was under the weather.  Sigh.  

Leaving this area of the Gunnison, we headed west on Highway 50 to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.   https://www.nps.gov/blca/index.htm

This is considered a Dark Sky Area and I would love to come back some time and camp in the park so to see the night sky and attend the associated Ranger Programs.  It was quite crowded, so we didn’t stay too long, but what a geological story this place has to tell.

A note on camping reservations. With so many folks out camping as we are this summer, most national park campgrounds have been full for ages along with many other campgrounds with reservation systems.  We have been so very fortunate thus far to find sites open and available to us when we have arrived at First Come, First Served campgrounds like the one at the Royal Gorge and the one on the Taylor River.

Black Canyon View #1

Black Canyon View #2

Alright!  Moving on to Fruita!  Yay!

Elo and I were here together with another friend about 10 years ago.  It is a town built on Mountain Biking and has a fond place in Elo’s heart for sure.

Bike inspired art abounds.  

We stayed in the same State Park as last time, right on the Colorado River with views of the Colorado National Monument.  Elo visited her favorite bike shop of all time, Over The Edge, and we enjoyed pizza at the Hot Tomato.  Because of the current heatwave, it was recommended that any hiking or biking be done at sunrise, so with that in mind, we went to bed early and woke with the sun, which brings us to today.  I can’t say we were at the trailhead as the sun rose, but we weren’t too far behind.  Elo jumped on her bike and I set off on foot to enjoy the Kokopelli Trails.  I’m so grateful to finally be feeling better!  Yay! 

Check out the video of Elo below.

The Colorado River, Fruita style.

After a short hike to the rim where I took the shot above and the video of Elo as she rode by, I headed up to The Colorado National Monument.  https://www.nps.gov/colm/index.htm

I had hiked here in the past.  It’s gorgeous, but was already too hot for me by 9:00am, so I drove the loop instead.  I took the big banner photo at the top of this post while driving the rim road this morning along with the two shots below.

Scene from the drive, one just as gorgeous as the next.

So that wraps up our time in Colorado.  We’re all caught up. Tomorrow will find us dropping in on the Great Basin National Park and points further west.  Nevada, here we come!  Thanks for staying tuned.

Until next time…

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Comments:

  • Gaelyn

    July 19, 2021

    Love it all.

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    • Anonymous

      July 19, 2021

      Me too, Gaelyn. Me too.

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  • Anonymous

    July 19, 2021

    Lovely Lovely❣️😎

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  • Rusty Hunt

    July 19, 2021

    What beautiful country! That banner shot is stunning. I’m glad you’re feeling better. Did Elo use corn niblets as bait or something else?

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    • Anonymous

      July 19, 2021

      Just in case it says Anonymous, it’s me, Margie! That picture really did capture the beauty of the place. Elo didn’t use corn niblets, but some fancy fly fishing fly. She shoulda used corn niblets though. Bet she would have caught something if she had! 🙂

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  • Tena

    July 19, 2021

    The photos are stunning and if I’m not mistaken, you take them on your iPhone. Really amazing and making me want to stand there myself and breath in the air. Thanks for sharing. So glad you’re feeling better.

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    • Margie

      July 20, 2021

      Thanks Tena! That phone sure can take a great photo. It would have been fun having you there breathing the air with me. ❤️

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  • Heather Smith

    July 20, 2021

    So glad. you are feeling better Margie! What beautiful places you are visiting! Hi to Elo…..

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