The Border Ranges

 

 

The mountain ranges along the Colorado-Wyoming Border are not only beautiful and solitary, they’re close to my home. I’ve visited them many times over the years, and after a trip there in August, have put together a gallery for you.

 

View to Hahns Peak from the CDT

View to Hahns Peak from the CDT

 

The Park Range is in Colorado, with the Sierra Madre and Snowy Ranges in Wyoming. Part of this area’s appeal is it’s uncrowded and forgotten feel, it’s like taking a trip back in time to a more simpler age. I call them the Border Ranges, for they straddle the Colorado-Wyoming state line, sometimes meandering back and forth, paying no attention to the maps. The closest town to the southern end in Colorado is Walden, while on the Wyoming side, it’s Encampment.

 

Meadow Creek

Encampment River Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burn, Boulder, and Fireweed

 

I camped by two lakes. The first, Big Creek Lake, is the second largest natural lake in Colorado. The campground was nearly burned during the Beaver Creek fire of 2016. The firefighters managed to save the campground and nearby cabins, leaving an island of green in a stark burnt landscape.

 

 

The next lake is Hog Park Reservoir, just over the border in Wyoming. It’s near the Huston Park Wilderness, while Big Creek was next to the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. Hog Park is a bit of a drive on dirt roads but worth it, no crowds, beautiful paddling, and hiking on the nearby Continental Divide Trail.

 

Hog Park Reservoir

Hog Park Reservoir

Hog Park Sunset

Hog Park Sunset

 

Hog Park Reflections

Hog Park Reflections

 

The final stop was the dramatic Snowy Range, home to Medicine Bow Peak and numerous alpine lakes.

 

Medicine Bow Peak

Medicine Bow Peak

 

South Gap Lake

Snowy Range View

 

 

South Gap Reflection

 

Hope you enjoyed our little excursion, and you can find your way into the Border Ranges someday.

For the complete gallery of photographs, click here:

http://nostalgiawest.com/the-border-ranges/

 

Milky Way over Big Creek Lake

Milky Way over Big Creek Lake

2COMMENTS
  • Connie Masson

    Bobby, this is great! My Mother-in-law would love this in a book. Do you have enough pictures of the border ranges to make a phone book. She’ll be 92 on the 23 of this month. How much would you charge? Thanks, Connie

  • Andreas Håkangård

    Bob’s photography really captures the Essence of nature. His choice of pictures opens for the viewer a possibility of seeing of something beyond the scenery itself.

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