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Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Independence Pass, Twin Lakes, Buena Vista

Everybody needs to do a Colorado road trip now and then ...
June 9-10, 2013 - It was short, but I made a 24-hour visit to Buena Vista. On this page are my photos from Aspen through Buena Vista. If you're considering a scenic drive, you can't beat the route from Glenwood Springs that heads through Aspen, Independence Pass, Twin Lakes and Buena Vista. Happy travels!

Snow at Independence Pass
Snow equals happiness! That's me standing in snow at Independence Pass on the Continental Divide.

Photos and commentary by Steve Garufi in Fruita, Colorado. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

Twin Lakes, Colorado


As I drove through Twin Lakes, I snapped a photo of the lakes through the passenger window.
Buena Vista, CO Traffic Light

Buena Vista, Colorado

Arrival in Buena Vista, Colorado. I lived in this town for seven years (2005-2012).

I snapped two photos of the town's traffic light, which has a Facebook page! Have you joined? :)

Mount Princeton Colorado The beautiful view of Mount Princeton as I drove west on Chaffee County Road 306.

Also, that's Sheep Mountain to the right.

Godzilla Pizza Friends and I ordered the Godzilla pizza at Pizza Works in Buena Vista. :)
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

1971 Lincoln Continental

I enjoyed a Sunday drive in a 1959 Cadillac (top), but the highlight was congratulating Mike on his newly-acquired 1969 Lincoln Continental. :)

A video of that beautiful old Cadillac ...
Arkansas River, Colorado The next day, as I was returning west, I stopped north of Granite to photograph the Arkansas River.

I was particularly mindful of my friends in Fort Smith and Little Rock, Arkansas, who brought me to the river's edge last month. The river is a modest trickle up this way.

Colorado Mountain Drive

Mount Champion, Colorado

Three photos as I traveled toward Independence Pass.

In the third photo, that's Mount Champion, a 13er.

Independence Pass, Colorado By the way, I traveled to Buena Vista to move furniture into my new office for Cairn Counseling in Grand Junction. Special thanks to Mike and Jo who joined me and hauled my stuff in their truck.

Below's a simple video as I drove to the pass. Sorry for the loud wind noise ...
Icy Tundra Pool Ice and snow linger on a tundra pool across the road from the Independence Pass sign.
Beautiful Mountains

Independence Pass Scenery

Coming down on the Pitkin County side of Independence Pass, the mountain scenery is grand.

My photos and hikes in this region:

  • Bicycle Independence Pass
  • Twining Peak
  • Independence Lake
  • La Plata Peak Hike
  • Fall Foliage at Twin Lakes
  • Maroon Bells

  • Colorado Mountain Scenery Mountain photo taken near the Independence Ghost Town.
    Aspen, Colorado At a red light in Aspen.
    Mount Sopris, Colorado Mount Sopris, a 13er that's south of Carbondale.
    Western Colorado Mountains My final photo: A mountain as I drove west of Interstate 70. I believe I was near Silt, Colorado.

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