Having wrapped up our individual posts on the national parks, I wanted to turn to the roads between – some 2,500 miles of them – that we explored as we went from park to park. There’s no question in my mind that our national parks contain some of the most beautiful, unique and picturesque places in our country, and yet they do not hold a monopoly on natural beauty. From the geological wonders like Horseshoe Bend (above), to the stunning wildlife along the way, like this pair of bald eagles (below) outside of Ft. Collins, CO – beauty abounds.
Having spent so much time on the road over the course of our trip, we got to see a lot of the country. From plains and mountains, cities and wilderness, modern wind farms and ancient settlements – the manifold glories of creation made the long hours on the road well worth it. On our first day of travel from Denver to Yellowstone, for example, we encountered the pair of bald eagles, not one but two stunning mountain rainbows, massive wind farms, a stunning canyon road, the massive Wild Bill Dam, and our first view of snow-capped mountains. Our last day on the road was equally thrilling, with the autumn colors of the Colorado Mountains shimmering golden yellow as we made our way from Mesa Verde back to Denver. As sunset approached, we happened upon the scene below, with a grove of glowing aspens reflected in the calm waters of a pristine pond. It was truly a glorious end to a breathtaking trip!
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Autumn in the National Parks – The Roads Between