American Locations 7

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

I-70 into the Rocky Mountains, Colorado

You don’t notice driving out of Kansas into Colorado on I-70. Eastern Colorado is as flat and barren as western Kansas. People tend to think of mountains when they think of Colorado, but the eastern third of the state is flat. A lot of cattle ranches. But once you can see the Rocky Mountains in the distance the drive becomes much better. Although the mountains don’t ever seem to come any closer. That’s because they rise up out of the flat plain without the benefit of foothills, which makes them even more impressive. Driving through Denver wasn’t bad. We arrived in the middle of the day, no rush hour traffic. Driving up out of Denver into the Rockies on I-70 is one of the best drives you’ll ever do.

We pulled over frequently to take pictures.

This lake was ice-covered, even though there was no snow on the surrounding mountainside.

The original plan had been to camp at Frisco, but none of their campgrounds had opened yet. So we went a little further west on I-70 and exited at Copper Mountain. We drove south on Rte. 91 and took the east leg of the Top of the Rockies Scenic Drive. It was beautiful, but we were tired and anxious about finding a campground. We found one at Leadville. It was only  a parking lot with the units squeezed in as tight as possible, but that didn’t bother us at all. The view was fantastic.

Next Location – Leadville, Colorado

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