One of my favorite things to do on a day off from work is escape to somewhere new. I’ve been living directly below the Flat Tops for over a year now but had yet to explore one of the most beautiful drives in the area: Coffee Pot Road. Twenty-nine miles of narrow, dirt 4×4 road winds over 10,000 feet in elevation to Deep Creek Canyon, Heart Lake Reservoir and more than a dozen branches of gnarly, off-roading trails. Go in late July and wildflowers in just about every color blanket green fields (some still snow-covered) while the Sawatch and Elk mountains tower in the distance. It’s a dreamland for hikers, bikers, fishermen, ATVs and stand-up paddle boarders, and prime location for incredible camping views. The best part, I think, was that I could find people if I wanted to, but for the most part I was completely alone. And twelve hours of me and quiet nature was just what I wanted.
Here’s a short video of my day in the Flat Tops and some of the scenery that is, of course, even more spectacular in person.
Venture on explorers.
(Tip: If the video for some reason isn’t playing in HD (720P), switch the settings in the lower righthand corner.)