Monday, June 20, 2011

Wilkerson Pass Visitor Center and the South Platte River

One of my favorite drives is up U.S. Highway 24 to Wilkerson Pass and the Forest Service Visitor Center.  Wilkerson Pass marks the eastern boundary of South Park.  South Park is a high mountain grassland at 10,000 feet which encompasses approximately 1,000 square miles.

The views from the back deck are absolutely incredible with the valley below and the mountains in the background.

After leaving Wilkerson Pass and heading back toward Woodland Park, we decided to sidetrack and travel along side the South Platte River.  Sure wish we had meadows and rivers like this in Oklahoma!

We came across fields of white irises blooming.  Wonder how they got there?  Are they wild or was there once a cabin there?

Our next stop was the old mining town of Tarryall.  All that is left are some old cabins and the old school.


On the way back to the highway, we stopped to take photos of some of the rock formations.  They never cease to amaze me with their different shapes and textures.



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