Independence Pass

Southern Chaffee County

Photos From The Mt. Shavano Rest Area And Other Mountain Scenes

Zebulon Pike's Expedition January 2007 - With plans to leave for Arizona soon, I worked hard at taking as many photos as possible of Colorado's mountain scenery. Today, along U.S. Highway 285 a few miles north of Poncha Springs, is a rest area with a sign about Zebulon Pike's expedition in the Arkansas River Valley in 1806.
Mt. Shavano CO
Mount Shavano Colorado
14er Mt. Shavano
And the views from here are awesome!

To the west is the grand view of Mount Shavano (elevation 14,229 feet). In the middle photo, I zoomed-in to show where the Angel of Shavano often resides in the valley above timberline. With all the snow we've had lately, the angel was whitened out.

Mount Princeton The beautiful view of Mount Princeton to the north.
Facing east across U.S. Highway 285, the pinion covered mountains don't get much respect with the Sawatch Range standing so tall on the other side.
Facing toward Salida, the view of the northernmost part of the Sangre De Cristo Mountain range.
Mt. Ouray To the southwest, was the view of Mount Ouray (elevation 13,971 feet) and Chipeta Mountain.
U.S. Highway 285 Colorado Facing north-northeast, here's the view of U.S. Highway 285 running northbound with the Buffalo Peaks peaking their heads to the left.

Three Extra Photos From Driving Around Southern Chaffee County
Mount Ouray and Chipeta Mountain Another photo of Mount Ouray and Chipeta Mountain as I approached Poncha Springs.
Salida, Colorado "S" Mountain from F Street in Salida.

Other southern Chaffee County pages:
  • Monarch Pass
  • Monarch Pass (Bike)
  • Arkansas River Kayak Park
  • Bike: Salida To Buena Vista
  • Sawatch Range Colorado Traveling north on State Highway 291, here's the spectacular view of Mount Shavano, Mount Antero and Mount Princeton all together. You can't beat living in Chaffee County! on Facebook

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