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Old 10-16-2009, 08:35 AM
 
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If you want to actually experience Arches NP close up and personal rather than merely driving thru it and looking at it, hike the 7.2 primitive loop trail, or even just a portion of it. It is spectacular! It may well be the highlight of your journey.
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Old 10-16-2009, 04:33 PM
 
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McGowdog is right. Proveik's route really showcases what Colorado's mountains are all about. From Leadville to Salida it's one 14,000 ft. peak after another. That million dollar highway has already gotten some good storms in the last couple weeks, but it's doable. Monarch pass is a little easier drive, was just through there a few days ago.
One of the most exciting drives I ever had (exciting in a literal sense; frightening and death-defying is equally descriptive) was on the million dollar highway on a Labor Day weekend many years ago.

There were rocks falling from the mountainsides, hail falling from the sky. It made no sense to stop and pull over; that left us equally in danger, so we kept going, slowly, hoping we were dodging the boulders rolling off the slopes, while the thunder clapped.
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