Buena Vista - Trout Creek Pass - South Park - Tarryall, CO
A Snowy Drive Photos Through Scenic Areas of Central Colorado
February 10, 2009 - A sudden turn of events
required me to travel from Buena Vista to Woodland Park as soon as possible.
It was snowing overnight and snowfall came down intermittently throughout the day.
As much as I love to play in snow, driving in snow is another story, but I had to make the best of things.
If you live in this particular region of central Colorado,
my photos will probably seem ordinary, but thought about my faithful visitors
in places like Nebraska,
South Carolina and Louisiana
with this one. :)
The view of Chubb Part in Chaffee County as I approached Trout Creek Pass.
It was snowing significantly in Buena Vista.
This was the view as I traveled west on West Main Street.
Many of the streets were covered in ice and snow from previous snow and sleet storms over the weekend.
Johnson Village, CO
TOP: Approaching Johnson Village,
it did not appear the conditions would change, but I didn't notice
the small area of blue sky out there.
MIDDLE: The view of Midland Hill, a mountain I've climbed three times recently. You can see my hiking info about it here:
BOTTOM: A photo at the Gunsmoke Truck Stop.
Now the truck stop is open 24 hours,
which is a huge advantage if you're driving through
in the middle of the night,
but prices at the gas pumps in Buena Vista
are usually about 10 to 15 cents cheaper than in Johnson Village. Be advised! ;)
Wide open country! Much of this wide
open area of Park County is also referred to as South Park. Yep, there really is a "South Park" in Colorado!
Many Coloradans have spoken of this portion of road
(from Hartsel to Wilkerson Pass)
as being very isolated, which it is. But I will say this: There were really desolate
highways throughout New Mexico
that put this road to shame in the lonely department! :p)
My last photo taken on my drive to Woodland Park was in Lake George.
Here's a lazy shot from the car of the South Platte River. I wasn't in the mood to
get out of the car and find a photogenic spot along the river.
On the way back, I made a detour at Lake George and traveled to the rural and historic town
of Tarryall. From Highway 24, take Park County Road 77 approximately 11 miles north ...
... when you see the white schoolhouse,
you've made it to Tarryall, Colorado!
Note: I'd like to dedicate these few pictures to my friend Steve in
Kansas. (I hope he appreciates these!)
Three photos of a one room schoolhouse that served
the community in the first half of the 20th century.
Four photos of a historic marker on the site.
A small house and two outhouses behind the schoolhouse.
My guess, from reading about the social history of this era,
is the small structure was the boarding house for whoever was the teacher of the school.
Two views of the mountains from the road.
Many older homes like this one are in the area. One must wonder...
How well are these structures winterized, if at all?
One photo of me
as I took Park County Road 31 toward the Round Mountain Campground area back to Highway 24.
Interestingly, it remained clear with blue skies in
Woodland Park and Teller County,
but upon my return to Buena Vista, it was still snowing.
Snow came down throughout the evening. Above is a fun video I made with Stephen as
we drove around town in the afternoon. :)