Scenery on the Alpine Loop Back Country Scenic Byway -
Native Americans came to these mountains for centuries to hunt and gather food. In the late 1800s they were replaced by miners who came in search of a different livelihood – silver, gold, lead, and zinc. These hardy pioneers carved a network of roads through this rugged terrain to enable them to transport ore and supplies by mule-drawn wagons to and from Silverton, Ouray, and Lake City. Photo by Sally Pearce.
The plains of northeast Colorado with mountains in the background. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.
Garden of the Gods is a public park located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971.
A September Rainbow just outside of Colorado Springs Colorado.
Fruit Tree Rancher, 1940. Delta County's story is about the pioneers of agriculture, mining, land and water development. More than 100 years ago the Delta County area was the homeland of the Ute Indian people. Today, Delta County is still an agricultural haven with more than 2,500 acres of orchards. Vintage photo by Russell Lee, 1940
Today, Denver is the largest city and the capitol of Colorado. It is located in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is located immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12 miles east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Photo by Carol Highsmith.
The Colorado State Capitol Building, located at 200 East Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado, was designed by Elijah E. Myers. It was constructed in the 1890s from Colorado white granite, and opened for use in November, 1894. The distinctive gold dome consists of real gold plate, first added in 1908, commemorating the Colorado Gold Rush.
A beautiful view from the top of the Great Divide in Colorado. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.
The SLW Ranch, formerly known as the Percheron-Norman Horse Ranch, isan historic ranch located approximately eight miles east of Greeley, Colorado, near the confluence of the Platte River and Crow Creek. In 1998 it was honored by the Colorado Historical Society as a Centennial Ranch, and it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by Carol Highsmith.
Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.
Pikes Peak is a mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, 10 mi west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Originally called "El Capitán" by Spanish settlers, the mountain was renamed Pike's Peak after Zebulon Montgomery Pike an explorer who led an expedition to the southern Colorado area in 1806.
Photo from near Colorado City by the Detroit Publishing Co, about 1900
In 1913 and 1914, before the establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Estes Valley Improvement Association and United States Forest Service transplanted 49 elk from Yellowstone National Park to this area. Around the same time, an all-out effort began to eliminate predators - including the gray wolf and the grizzly bear. The resulting decrease in predators hastened the recovery of Rocky's elk population.
A mountain stream near Silverton, Colorado.
Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.
In the late 19th century, Virginia Dale, Colorado was a famous stop on the Overland Trail. The stage station, the last of its kind still standing, and its associated home, the Hurzeler House, are owned and maintained by the Virginia Dale Community Club. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.