RLT #3: Backdoor to Steamboat Springs in Colorado

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Steamboat Springs is a popular destination in Colorado. How do you get there? On U. S. Highway 40, of course ... No, no, no ...

That is not the RLT way!

Lead Photo: Hahns Peak, North of Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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We are going to come in from the North. Down from Wyoming! 🤠

Before taking a closer look, this is a map of the area:

Source: Illustrated Google map of area covered in this post

Here is a brief look at each of the highlight points illustrated above, with links to more information, if you are interested in learning more about it:

  1. South on CO RT 129, from Three Forks Ranch, covered in my last post.

  2. Hahns Peak - the most prominent in the area. Has an interesting history!

  3. Hahns Peak Lake - a pretty high mountain lake.

  4. Pearl Lake State Park - a very pretty serene mountain lake, off the main road.

  5. Nice private properties west of Steamboat Lake State Park.

  6. Beautiful ranch country down along the South Fork of the Elk River.

Let's be on our way! 😎

South on CO RT 129

In my last post, I mentioned the road along the Little Snake River ended at Three Forks Ranch and headed up into the high country south towards Hahns Peak.

This is that road!

Sheep, as well as cattle, graze this country. Separately ... They do not "play well together!"

A glorious day in the Aspen Belt!

Descending down into Hahns Peak Village
Photos: South on Colorado County Road 129 past Hahns Peak

It was such a treat to drive through the Aspen Belt, at this time of year. I was a touch late for optimum fall colors, but it was still very pleasant!

Around Hahns Peak

All around this prominent peak in the area, there are nice things to see and do. Let's go check some of them out!

Hahns Peak Lake

Great Blue Heron looking for dinner, at the edge of Hahns Peak Lake

Colorado State Park at Pearl Lake

Beautiful setting for a private residence west of Steamboat Lake
Photos: Area around Hahns Peak

At 8,100 ft (2,450 m), the air is a little thin up in this beautiful area, but getting out and walking all around these high country lakes was wonderful. I also visited Steamboat Lake State Park and its Visitors Center, which is worth the visit, but captured no standout pictures to share here.

South Fork Elk River Valley

Before going on down into Steamboat Springs, the wonderful mountain river coming to meet the highway below Steamboat Lake provided an irresistible temptation.

To do what?

Well, change plans and head up into the high country to check it out, of course. Delaying my arrival, but ... Gotta stop and "smell the roses" (none around here, though 😉), as we travel through life, right?

And, while I am at it, I might as well drive around and capture some images of the impressive ranch country all around this beautiful river.

South Fork of the Elk River. Very little more soothing to the soul of this man
than the sight and sound of a clear running mountain stream

It's a tough job, but somebody has to live out here!

South Fork of the Elk River, after a lot of water has been taken out for irrigating these fields!

High country hay farming with Elk Mountain in the background

End of the valley, then final descent down canyon in the distance to Steamboat Springs
Photos: Beautiful South Fork of the Elk River

There is so much high country above what you see here, with all this water coming down from the western slope of the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. I would like to come back someday, with a good 4-WD vehicle and explorer all through up in there!


Traveling from "A to B," are we often so busy we do not have or make the time to get there other than in the fastest way possible? The ultimate being getting there (mostly ...) in an airplane?

Well, then ...

Welcome to ...
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I hope you enjoyed "seeing through my eyes" this remote part of the American West. If so, I’d love to hear any feedback you may be inspired to provide.

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P.S. Unless otherwise noted, all images are pictures taken by my smartphone - a Samsung Galaxy S9+.

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