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Top Tips For Visiting Mesa Verde In Winter

I've had seeing Mesa Verde in winter on my national park bucket list since I visited the park in 2017. And i sort of got to do that in December! I say sort of because we went for the Luminaria and it was just sort of snow-raining while we were at the top and we…

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Amazing Places To Visit On A Wisconsin to Utah Road Trip

I've done the drive from Wisconsin to Utah a lot. Like, so many times. We counted the other day and since moving to Utah in 2016, we've driven across the US 19 times. 19! They've pretty much all been between Wisconsin, Florida, and Utah with varying routes. We like to make stops along the way…

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Experience The Shining And Take A Stanley Hotel Ghost Tour Next Time You’re In Estes Park, Colorado

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. For Halloween, I decided to share a post all about my spooky Stanley Hotel Ghost Tour.  I mean, what better time for this?  The first time I visited Estes Park we stopped in…

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

7 Reasons Why Visiting Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park Is Worth It

This was my third trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and I was hoping for a little sun this time.  The first two trips were cold, rainy, and windy, but still totally worth it.  This time it was warmer but still not quite sunny.  It was just a quick visit with some…

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Go Back In Time On The Trail Through Time In Colorado

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. Before I get into this, there are a few things you should know about me relating to this: I LOVE dinosaurs.  All things dinosaur, I love. I own two Jurassic Park shirts and…

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Coke Ovens And The Devils Kitchen In Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction, Colorado is a hidden gem.  I had heard of it my first summer working in Bullfrog, but I knew literally nothing about it until maybe a week before I went. Turns out, I love it!  I won't lie, I don't really like Grand Junction.  I don't hate it, but…

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Devils Backbone In Loveland, Colorado: An Easy Hike With Great Views

While I wouldn't say it's the best hike in Colorado, Devils Backbone in Loveland is a nice way to do a little hiking without straying too far from a city.  It's not to be confused with the Hell's Backbone drive in Utah.  This hike is easy, conveniently located, and has a good view of the…

Bottom Of The River At Black Canyon Of The Gunnison

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. Last year I went to Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado for the first time.  I hadn't even heard of it until last year and now I've made two trips to see…

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Underwhelmed At Mesa Verde National Park

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. That title is just the start of a glowing review, right?  Ehh, not really.  But, I keep things real here and that means I'm here to tell you I didn't love Mesa Verde.…

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Hiking Great Sand Dunes National Park In Colorado

This was one of the most difficult physical things I've done.  Sound ridiculous, right?  I mean, I climbed a volcano, I've hiked to Delicate Arch, I've snowshoed on the side of a mountain, and I couldn't make it to the top of one of these dunes.  Well, I need to get in shape.  Great Sand…

Return to Rocky Mountain National Park

I went back to Rocky Mountain National Park!  And this time I knew what to expect.  It was the end of November, and we were on our way back to Utah, then Wyoming for the winter.  The Rockies were our last exciting stop before starting work again.  We set off from Fort Collins with mountains…

Driving Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison wasn't on my radar very long, like at all.  I knew it was a huge canyon and that's it.  This was a good place for us to stop on our way to Florida, but not after a bit of a mishap of course. I was in charge of navigation and…