Colorado A presentation of natural beauty By dom deane

Telluride, Colorado. At 8,750ft, this mountain town is nestled in some of the most beautiful natural surroundings Colorado has to offer. Locals and tourists alike enjoy skiing, mountain biking, and fly fishing. I personally enjoy fishing and spending time in the historic downtown area.

Pictured here is Sand Dunes National Park. Although motor vehicles aren't allowed here, spending the day hiking to the top of the dunes is definitely worthwhile. I've spent many great days atop and around the dunes back when I was in the Boy Scouts.

Colorado translates to "Colored Red" in reference to red rocks, a large rock formation at the back of the Rocky Mountains. An amphitheater has been carved out of the rocks, pictured above, which is a very popular music venue as it's unique and very scenic.

Located just outside of Leadville, Turquoise Lake is one of my favorite places on this planet. Fantastic fishing year round and breath-taking views no matter what season or weather make this place one of Colorado's many natural treasures.

Franktown, Colorado, is a place I called home for 18 years. It's where I was born and raised, so not only will it eternally be my home at heart, but its scenery is a sight to behold.

Here is the Devil's Causeway, a hiking trail high above Yampa, Colorado. This difficult hike is absolutely breathtaking and thankfully sparsely known, making it one of Colorado's hidden mountain wonders.

Glenwood Springs is where my father grew up, and is home to the Glenwood Hot Springs, which can be seen between the red rooftops at the bottom of the picture. The valley is well known for its whitewater rafting on the Colorado River and caving/climbing along the Glenwood valley.

Mesa Verde is a very well preserved Pueblo Indian establishment just outside of Pueblo, Colorado. This national park is a very popular tourist stop and, in my opinion, is much more serene in the winter.

Located high above Glenwood Springs, Hanging Lake is one of the few unblemished lakes in Colorado. You can receive high fines and even risk arrest for swimming or defacing the lake as locals and environmentalists are extremely protective of this space, hence the elevated walking trail pictured.

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