Above the town of Crested Butte, Colorado, and beyond the ski area, is a National Forest. But before getting to this public land, one must pass through 1.5 miles of private land. It is hard for me to imagine that this is someone’s view each day. Crested Butte has some of the most beautiful mountains and land in Colorado.
With the National Parks closed I explored Estes Park, Colorado, one of the many small communities that depend upon the parks for their income. Estes Park is the gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The biggest building in town in the Stanley Hotel, built by the inventor of the Stanley Steamer. It was also the setting for the Stanley Kubrick movie ‘The Shining.’ Hey, one guess what my middle initial ‘S’ stands for…. I spent lots of time on these stairs trying to capture their grandeur. Actual paying guests kept getting in my way.