A Taste of Beautiful Colorado
Gallery IV:
Garbed in Winter's Glistening Snowy White

At times, elk and deer are the bridge's solitary travelers, undaunted by the deep snow and surrealist mystique of fog shadowed mountains, as they cross over the Big Thompson River.

As snowfall softly blankets the Rocky Mountain National Park with deep powder, wintertime brings most activities to a halt. Other than occasional wildlife, the only movement is likely to be that of a few hardy winter enthusiasts cross-country skiing or snowshoeing into Moraine Park. Photography by Larry Burton.

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San Miguel Range
Cloaked in satin-white snow for the winter, the San Miguel Range creates a striking skyline of magnificent peaks. Rising to 14,246 feet, Mount Wilson sits prominently within this range. These mountains are located near Telluride. According to the journals of the Dominquez-Escalante Expedition, Spanish explorers first described the San Miguels in 1776.

Wolf Creek Pass
Trees frosted white from a recent snowstorm accentuate the vast mountainous region within the Rio Grande National Forest. At 10,850 feet, Wolf Creek Pass cuts across the Continental Divide near Pagosa Springs. This area receives snowfall averages of over 400 inches per year. The Navajo Trail originally crossed Wolfe Creek Pass.

Salisbury Ranch, Moffat County
As in centuries past, men and horses work together. Farmers hauling feed enjoy the warmth of the last golden rays of sun, which casts ever lengthening shadows across the pristine snow, as it glides slowly behind the mountains.

In addition to a strong love of the magnificent beauty of the mountains, experienced sports enthusiasts have deep respect for Nature's powerful force, and the effects of wind and sudden snowstorms on the underlying layers of snow and rock. Ski Patrol members, trained in avalanche control, use dynamite charges to break loose unstable ledges, resulting in controlled avalanches, such as the one shown above, which was taken from the town of Telluride, Colorado.

Snowmass at Aspen
Skiers ascending the mountain by lift capture the white elegance of a Rocky Mountain winter. Dramatically profiled against the reflective glow of a sunbeam piercing through the foggy mystique of frosted trees, the riders marvel at the ever changing shadows of winter's artistry, playing off the sparkling white, deep powder that enrobes the mountainside in pristine beauty.

Kingdom of Breckenridge
At the turn of the century, upon discovering a map of the Louisiana Purchase that excluded Breckenridge, the town's founding fathers declared its sovereign status and proclaimed Breckenridge an independent Kingdom. During the early 1930s, another map was located that included Breckenridge. The town fathers then petitioned to remain a separate kingdom.

A Proclamation was later issued, granting "Kingdom" status to the town for three days each year. In 1963, the Uhler Fest (named for the mythical Norse god of snow) was begun to mark the annual celebration. Today, visitors and locals alike make merry at the festival, when the small resort community welcomes and warmly embraces winter activities in one of North America's top rated family resort areas, amid the beauty and wonder that is Colorado!

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