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CAPITAL: Denver
HIGH POINT: Mount Elbert (14,440 feet)
STATE FLOWER: Rocky Mountain Columbine (Aquilegia caerules)
STATE TREE: Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)
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Wolf Creek Pass (July 2012)       Quick view of trip pics
  1. Orange Mountain Dandelion - Agoseris aurantiaca of the Sunflower Family.
  2. Snow Machine? - Some kind of equipment belonging to ski resort.
  3. Trail Marker - Pile of stones along Continental Divide Trail (CDT).
  4. Monument Plant - Frasera speciosa of the Gentian Family.
  5. Ski Cabin - Cabin located on ridge along the CDT.
  6. Log Fence - Some kind of windbreak and cloudy sky.
  7. Ski Lift - More ski equipment from the Wolf Creek Ski Area.
  8. Yellow Flowers - Daisy-like members of the Sunflower Family.
  9. Trail and Flowers - Lots of flowers and trees on either side of trail.
  10. Subalpine Jacob's Ladder - Polemonium pulcherrimum of the Phlox Family.
  11. Alpine Bistort - Polygonum viviparum of the Buckwheat Family.
  12. Pink Elephant Heads - Pedicularis groenlandica of the Figwort Family.
  13. Red Berries - Possibly Lingonberry or Alpine False-Wintergreen.
  14. Star Pyrola - Moneses uniflora of the Wintergreen Family.
  15. Lousewort - Parrot's Beak Lousewort or Pedicularis racemosa.

American Basin (July 2012)       Quick view of trip pics
  1. Stormy Mountains #1 - Lake at about 13000 feet just off trail spur.
  2. Stormy Mountains #2 - Clouds hovering around peaks at end of rainy day.
  3. Stormy Mountains #3 - Another look at the lake and mountains.
  4. Stormy Mountains #4 - Snow patches almost melted away.
  5. Artic Gentian #1 - Gentiana algida of the Gentian Family.
  6. Artic Gentian #2 - Also sometimes listed as Gentiana romanzovii.
  7. Clover - A member of the genus Trifolium of the Pea Family.
  8. Paintbrush - A member of the genus Castilleja of the Figwort Family.
  9. Bittercress - A member of the genus Cardamine of the Mustard Family.
  10. Pink Elephant's Head #1 - Drops of rain on petals of these interesting flowers.
  11. Pink Elephant's Head #2 - Pedicularis groenlandica of the Figwort Family.
  12. Larkspur - A member of the genus Delphinium of the Buttercup Family.
  13. Colorado Columbine #1 - Aquilegia coerulea of the Buttercup Family.
  14. Colorado Columbine #2 - The blue petals are faded on these specimens.
  15. Colorado Columbine #3 - The Buttercup Family is also known as the Ranunculaceae.

Engineer Pass (July 2012)       Quick view of trip pics
  1. Dirty Socks - A colony of American Bistort growing along Horsethief Trail.
  2. Sheep - Flock of sheep grazing with one lone sheep in foreground.
  3. Paintbrush - Member of genus Castilleja of the Figwort Family.
  4. Moss Campion - Silene acaulis of the Pink Family (Caryophyllales).
  5. Clouds and Peaks - Peaks near Horsethief Trail on overcast day.
  6. Rosy Sedum - Sedum rosea of the Stonecrop Family.
  7. Trail Sign - Some destinations along the Horsethief Trail.
  8. Engineer Pass - A dirt road allows those with high clearance vehicles to drive to the pass.
  9. Above Pass - The dirt road continues on above the pass.
  10. Log Cabin - An old cabin along the road to the pass.
  11. Fancy Cabin #1 - Luxury cabin in secluded location. It was for sale, by the way.
  12. Fancy Cabin #2 - Notice footbridge from road to cabin.
  13. Capital City - Historic townsite with old cabins.
  14. Dam - A dam near historic mine camp.
  15. Mine Camp - There were a lot of old mining relics throughout the area.
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