Monthly Archives: June 2008

Sunday, June 29, 2008

For lunch today, Amanda and I decided to head up on top of Grand Mesa. I thought it would be a good idea to check out Lands End Road.

After gassing up, we headed towards Grand Mesa.

Soon the pavement ended and we started the climb up Lands End Road

Lands End Road is a nice easy gravel road the whole way, and consists of a lot of switchbacks as it ascends Grand Mesa.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Today Amanda and I went up on the Uncompahgre Plateau to do a little exploring. Last year I had driven across the plateau on it’s main road (Divide Road), so this time we started checking out some of the 4WD roads on the northeast corner of the plateau.

We accessed the plateau through Jacks Canyon and Divide Road, but quickly turned off the main road and headed towards Dominguez Canyon. We skirted around the canyon as it is a wilderness area and ended up on top of Dominguez Ridge. We were on some two tracks that don’t seem to be well travelled.

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Saturday & Sunday, June 7-8, 2008

We headed out to the San Juans this weekend to do a little pre-season exploring. Here’s some pictures.

We started out by heading up to Animas Forks

Lots of snow on the way there

Duncan Residence

View from inside

Then we headed up Cinnamon Pass

A lot of snow up there, too

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Riggs Hill

Riggs Hill

Friday, June 6, 2008

After work today, Amanda and I headed out for a short hike, since it has been a whole week since we last did any hiking. Went over to Riggs Hill, which is only a few miles from our house. This hill was named after Elmer Riggs from the Chicago Field Museum and was the site of the very first dinosaur excavation in Western Colorado. Here he found the first fossils of the Brachiosaurus in 1900. There is now a cast of some bones along the trail where this discovery was made.

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