Facing the Collegiate Range, we came across this diner. Amazingly, the interior is done in a Caribbean style. It's just a burger and breakfast but it all tasted great in that high altitude mountain air.





Mesa east of Durango, facing north. It's just outside Pagosa Springs.

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The Gunnison etched a vast, deep canyon into the Mesa over millions of years. It is called the Black Canyon because, at best, sunlight reaches its bottom for only 32 minutes a day. The local Native Americans avoided it out of superstition.




The Collegiate Range, the second range just west of Colorado's Front Range. While the latter contains Pike's Peak and is home to four 14'ers, the Collegiate Peaks rises off the valley between them with a line of 9 14'ers, another six 13'ers, and is home to the Continental Divide. It is an incredible sight of one massif after another, a wall of massive peaks. Coming upon them going east after Monarch Pass takes the breath away.