Colorado Archive

  • Sunrises & Sunsets

    Sunrises & Sunsets

    As we say good riddance to 2017 and enter into the unknowns of 2018, here is a reflection of some of the beauty of the beginnings and ends of each day. (All photos taken by my wife Rhiannon Archuleta at our home in the mountains,...

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  • Peak Review: Otter Mountain (Elevation 12,766-Feet)

    Peak Review: Otter Mountain (Elevation 12,766-Feet)

    I have wanted to climb Otter Mountain for years.  According to the Internet this Front Range peak is not popular.  I translate that as most people don’t know about it or even think to consider it for a hike.  For me it is simple: I...

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  • 2017 Hiking Preview

    2017 Hiking Preview

    July and August are coming soon and it’s that time of the year to really start planning any alpine adventures in Colorado’s highest mountains. I’ve climbed something like 120 mountains in Colorado but I’ve been really slacking lately and need to aim high for this...

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  • A Weekend Visit to Dinosaur National Monument and Surrounding Area

    A Weekend Visit to Dinosaur National Monument and Surrounding Area

    It took me a while to come up with the uninspiring title to this trip review, but it is exactly what it is.  I have wanted to see the Dinosaur area for many years, and my wife was just a little girl the last time...

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  • Indian Peaks Wilderness Hike: Crater Lake & Mirror Lake

    Indian Peaks Wilderness Hike: Crater Lake & Mirror Lake

    Easily one of the best hikes I’ve done in Colorado. No mountain was climbed, but the company was good, and the route offered a little bit of everything. . It was a fantastic hike. If you have a full day to spare, are in excellent...

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  • Fox Gallery 2012

    Fox Gallery 2012

    You can see a fox in our neighborhood almost every day, and this year we had our best luck photographing them. Enjoy! Our most frequent visitor to the house almost came close enough to touch on a few occasions. As usual, when it comes to...

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  • Colorado Autumn Aspen

    Colorado Autumn Aspen

    Here in the Colorado Rocky Mountains we don’t have the brilliant array of autumn colors that other states have. Unlike the eastern U.S. (for example), with its diversity of deciduous tree species, the Rocky Mountains seem to have only two: willows -which are generally found in lower...

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  • Peak Review: Cathedral Spires (Elevation 8,537-feet)

    Peak Review: Cathedral Spires (Elevation 8,537-feet)

    There still is a lot of snow in the high country, so my wife and I have been sticking to the smaller mountains closer to the Denver metro area than the more majestic ones closer to the ski resorts. Unfortunately the pickings are starting to...

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  • Peak Review: Bergen Peak (Elevation 9,708-Feet)

    Peak Review: Bergen Peak (Elevation 9,708-Feet)

    Though it certainly is possible to do some serious mountaineering during the winter months, doing so can be a huge ordeal. It’s the kind of thing you have be mentally prepared for and in the mood for a challenging ass kicking. Because of this I...

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  • Peak Review: Raleigh Peak (Elevation 8,183-Feet)

    Peak Review: Raleigh Peak (Elevation 8,183-Feet)

    In my last “Peak Review” I had a photo of Raleigh Peak in the distance with a caption saying I’d probably climb it next year. Well, being that I like this area so much, it’s fairly close to home, and I could not resist the...

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