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July was a busy month for me. The highlight was a 5 day excursion into Idaho. I saw a lot of interesting stuff, including people parachuting off a bridge in Twin Falls - a sport called BASE jumping. Also did a little camping in the Gunnison National Forest and fly fishing in Big Blue Creek. My birthday is this month, and I'm going to spend it in Cortez. I used to get to Cortez fairly often when I lived near Hesperus, and I always took in the Four States Ag Expo at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. Miss those days. Anyway, I'm going to feature Cortez as a Colorado Place in the near future. Speaking of which, I stumbled across the White River Museum on a recent road trip to Rangely and Meeker. It's this month's Colorado Place. Check it out.

Posted August 1, 2020

COLORADO PLACES

This month's Colorado Place is the White River Museum, located in Meeker, CO. It has a fantastic collection of historical objects from Rio Blanco County.

You say you missed some of the past Colorado Places? No problem! All of the Colorado Places that I haved presented here are archived at Highways-Byways.com.

"....get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space..."

Edward Abbey

Upcoming Events
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COLORADO PHOTOS

This section contains favorite photos from around Colorado. If you have any awesome Colorado photos you're just dying to share, e-mail them to me and I will put them in the queue (personal snapshots are discouraged). Send a brief description of the photo and also indicate if I can use your first name and town.
I passed through the Canyon Pintado National Historic District on my way to Rangely last month. There were 3 easy-to-get-to sites with Fremont pictographs. Some of the photos I took are shown below.

Waving Hands Site

Waving Hands

Kokopelli Site

Kokopelli

White Birds Site

White Birds and more

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Hikes, camping trips, road trips, off-roading, and other outdoor adventures. I will be post a new article periodically.

Morrow Point Boat Tour

Welcome aboard the Morrow Point Boat Tour. This is a fun half day adventure that the whole family can enjoy. So buckle up your life vest, sit back, and enjoy all the ambience the Gunnison has to offer.

The Morrow Point Boat Tour is a 1½ hour round trip excursion on the Morrow Point Reservoir in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The boat tour is provided by the National Park Service for a nominal fee ($24 for adults) and reservations are required. They make 2 trips a day, one at 10:00 AM and another at 12:30 PM. The boat tour is accessed from the Pine Creek trailhead at mile marker 130 on US Hwy 50. After a couple of short switchbacks you will arrive at the parking lot.


Sign on Brick Outhouse


Stairs down to the river

After parking, descend 230+ stairs into the canyon and take a leisurely 3/4 mile stroll along the Gunnison to reach the Morrow Point boat dock.

End of stairs
Start of trail


Gunnison River below Blue Mesa Dam


Trail to the boat dock

The trail to the boat dock is all that is left of the rail bed of the Denver and Rio Grande narrow gauge railroad. The tracks were removed in 1949, and most of the rail bed has been submerged by the reservoirs in the Black Canyon.


Tour Boat


Morrow Point Boat Dock

There were two park rangers on the tour. Ranger Ed drove the boat and Ranger Curt did all the talking, giving an excellent presentation. I learned a lot of geologic and human history about the Black Canyon and surrounding areas.

Our tour guide and narrator
Ranger Curt


Under way


Chipeta Falls


Curecanti Needle and Blue Creek

There is one waterfall on the tour, Chipeta Falls, named after the scond wife of Chief Ouray of the Uncompahgre Utes. Aside from the sheer canyon walls, the most significant geological feature on the tour is the 700 ft granite spire called the Curecanti Needle.

The return trip presents the opportunity for lots of photos, questions, and taking in any sites that may have been missed on the outbound part of the trip. It's a good time to eat the lunch you may or may not have brought.

Curecanti Needle
Return trip


Last remaining telegraph pole along the railroad


Debris floating downriver

Chipeta Falls
Return trip


End of the Tour


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