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Leadville, Glenwood Springs, Rifle Gap Falls

Our drive today was a truly spectacular one.  We started in Buena Vista, CO and headed north in Highway 24.  This took us through Leadville, right at 10,000 ft. elevation.  From there it was a 30 mile drive through some pretty canyons and spectacular scenery.  Too bad I didn’t have time to look more, but on a road like this you better keep your eyes on the road!

Once we made it to I-70 the scenery wasn’t over, not by a long shot. Now the 4 lane freeway follows the Colorado River, giving more spectacular views.  The drive by Glenwood Springs is unique in all the country.  We got off at Rifle, and headed north on CO 325 to our campsite at Rifle Gap State Park.  That was one narrow little road!  But we were rewarded with a beautiful campsite by the lake.

We had some time so drove the short way to Rifle Falls, where we took a short hike.  Nice pace!

Downtown Leadville, CO

Heading up the pass

At the top of the pass

What goes up must go down

What goes down must go up again

Even the driver can’t stop looking

Its a long ways down

Makes you wonder how they got a highway here

Even the Interstate has to follow the terrain

Parked — in a great spot!

A view of the triple falls

The base of the falls

  1. Linda Creagh
    June 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    An August family trip to the Leadville area is one of the first vacations that I remember. Maybe because there was a spectacular lightning storm that danced around our tents.


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