American Locations 9

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

Top of the Rockies Scenic Drive & Glenwood Canyon, Colorado

The next morning we drove north on Hwy. 24 from Leadville on the west leg of the Top of the Rockies Scenic Drive (which took us across Tennessee Pass (10,424 ft.). This time we stopped frequently to look around.

This is an abandoned mining town.

I could have hiked down for a closer look, like this guy in the bottom right did.

But it was a steep climb, so I just zoomed in.

Both the drive in and the drive out on the Top of the Rockies Scenic Drive were incredibly beautiful. We roved around mountain after mountain, one fourteener after another, up and down high mountain passes. An impressive drive. Eventually, we arrived back at I-70 just west of Vail. We continued west on I-70 into Glenwood Canyon. The Interstate through this canyon is an engineering masterpiece. The road follows the Colorado River through a canyon so narrow often the east and west bound lanes are stacked on top of each other. As you can see in these photos.

The Colorado River.

There are several tunnels.

We stopped at a rest area to hike the Hanging Lake Trail. It was rocky and very steep.

But well worth it. Hanging Lake at the end of the trail was a wonder.

There was a higher waterfall feeding into the waterfalls feeding into Hanging Lake.

You could walk behind it.

After sitting down for a while to admire the lake, it was a long rocky way back down.

Near the bottom the Interstate came into view. Almost there.

Then it was back in the motor home to crash. That’s one of several advantages of traveling in a motor home. Your bed is always with you. Anytime you get tired just stretch out in back. After a good rest, it was back onto I-70 to continue west.

Next Location – Rifle Gap State Park, Colorado

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