Friday, January 18, 2013

Loveland Pass

When Hubby and I take our road trips, we more often than not go up into the mountains. Our travels often take us places we have never been. This gorgeous September day found us exploring Loveland Pass.

Loveland Pass is located on the Continental Divide in the mountains west of Denver. The Continental Divide separates the river systems that drain into the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. 

looking north from top of pass
driving north toward the top of Loveland Pass
Loveland Pass, located on US Hwy 6, is the highest mountain pass, elevation of 11,990 ft, in the world that regularly stays open during the snowy winter season. This steep, twisty road is considered to be especially treacherous with numerous hairpin turns which make it difficult for snowplows to clear the road. 

The treeline is quite apparent in the above photo. Treeline is the edge of the habitat at which trees are capable of growing. Above treeline, trees are unable to grow because of harsh environmental conditions - extreme cold, strong winds, or lack of moisture.

looking south down the valley from the top of Loveland Pass
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is located at the west side of Loveland Pass. And Loveland Ski Area is on the east side of the Pass.

Loveland Ski Area - this photo was taken in October


Debra She Who Seeks said...

What spectacular scenery and vistas!

Richard Lawry said...

I love the area, but it has been too long since I've been there. Thanks for the great photos

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Robin Larkspur said...

Colorado has magnificent mountains and valleys; the scenery is breath-taking. That road with the hair pin turns sounds a bit too much for me; I would need to get out the ole dramamine.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

What gorgeous scenery! Love the picture of the ski area!

Introverted Art said...

That's what I want, a cabin right up there...