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Photo Essay: Road Trip Through Southwest Colorado

While people often talk about the natural beauty of exploring destinations abroad, many overlook the worthwhile hikes and parks right in their home country. After a string of international backpacking trips, I decided to spend a month touring some domestic beauty. In this photo essay, you’ll see a few worthwhile spots in Colorado as I made my way from Denver to Colorado Springs, passing through Golden, Breckenridge, Grand Junction, Crawford and Ouray. All shots were taken with an iPhone 4s and are unedited.

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, 15 miles west of Denver

Hiking To Upper Boulder Lake in Breckenridge

Upper Boulder Lake, Breckenridge

Driving From Breckenridge To Grand Junction

Crystal Lake, Million Dollar Highway, Ouray

Highway To Heaven, Ouray

Black Canyon of the Gunnison, The United States’ Newest National Park, Crawford

Colorado National Monument, Near Grand Junction

At The Top Of Pikes Peak, 14,114 feet, Colorado Springs

Catamount Reservoir In Pikes Peak National Forest, Colorado Springs

Jessie Festa standing in front of grafitti wall

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