Saturday, March 21, 2015

Gold Belt Scenic Byway

When I came to Colorado for the first time in 2011 I had planned to drive the Gold Belt Scenic Byway but never took the chance to do so. So this past Saturday I finally made the trip and will soon make a return trip to the area to finish visiting the mining area around Victor once the snow melts.
So as to not rehash information, information on the Gold Belt Scenic Byway can be found here:
First stop was the old mining district in Victor, Colorado.

Theresa Mine.

The Bebee House.
 Lillie Mine - Lille (G.G.) Gold Mining Company (if I got my information correct).

Black and White and Color photo of the Sangre de Cristo from Phantom Canyon Road. 

A couple of photo's from along Phantom Canyon Road.

The only original railroad bridge that still remains is the Steel Bridge which is about the halfway point of the route.

The tunnels along the road.

I only took two photos from the along the Shelf Road back to Cripple Creek as I just wanted to enjoy the drive.  
Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range from the Shelf Road.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

Took a small this past weekend to Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. These are just a few photos from the area.

One of the ladders to Alcove House

Alcove House

Dwellings at the bottom of the cliff.

A section of 'Longhouse' ruin.
One of the few rooms along the trail that your allowed to go into.

The upper falls area of Bandelier, the trail to the lower falls and the Rio Grande was washed out a couple of years ago due to flooding in the area.

Valles Caldera area.

Old foot trail at Tsankawi.
View from Tsankawi Mesa
Steep stairs in process of being carved into the cliff.

Tsankawi Petroglyph.

Tsankawi Petroglyph.
Tsankawi Petroglyph.