Colorful Colorado

Road tripping though Colorful Colorado. Colorado is notable for its diverse geography, that ranges from alpine mountains, dry plains and deserts, large sand dunes, deep canyons, sandstone and granite rock formations, rivers, lakes, and lush forests.

In the initial clip, the Jeep is driving though Marble, CO just outside of the historic Yule Marble quarry (hence the white crushed marble road).

The quarry began operations in the late 19th century. The marble of the quarry is considered to be of exceptional quality and has been used for the Tomb of the Unknowns, as well as for parts of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and civic buildings in San Francisco.

All shots were filmed on a DJI Phantom 4 drone. After the first Jeep shot, the additional drone shots (in order) are from: 1) Marble, CO 2) Looking away from Treasure Falls, outside of Pagosa Springs 3) Uncompahgre River, just outside Ouray 4) Blue Mesa Reservoir, in Gunnison County 5) Fourmile Falls, outside of Pagosa Springs 6) Red Mountain Pass, before Ouray 7) Marble, CO.

Planet Jupiter Above Boulder, Colorado

A crisp, clear, moonlit night in Boulder, Colorado. The brightest light in the sky at the end of the clip is the planet Jupiter. On average, Jupiter is the fourth brightest object in the night sky behind the Sun, Moon and Venus (occasionally Mars will appear brighter).

The Romans named the planet after their god Jupiter. The observation of Jupiter dates back to at least the Babylonian astronomers of the 7th or 8th century BC. In 1610, Galileo discovered the four largest moons of Jupiter (now known as the Galilean moons) using a telescope, which is believed to be the first telescopic observation of moons other than Earth’s.

For fun, next time you are out in the night sky, download the app called “Sky Guide.” You will be amazed at what you are looking at. The normal light in the night sky might just be a planet.

The City of Boulder posted the video on their TwitterInstagram and Facebook pages. 

The Beautiful Hanging Lake in Colorado

Located just 7 miles east of Glenwood Springs, CO lies a natural treasure by the name of Hanging Lake. The turquoise colors of the lake are produced by carbonate minerals that have dissolved in the water.

In the early 1900s, the lake served as a private family retreat. In 1912, the city of Glenwood Springs purchased Hanging Lake and 760 acres of surrounding land for $953 thanks to the Taylor Bill (which was passed by Congress in 1910). The bill allowed cities to purchase federal lands for use as city parks.

By the mid-40s, the trail had become a hot spot for travelers and tourists. Today, the lake receives over 130,000 visitors per year. Because of the high amount of traffic, the lake faces the threats of ecological disruption. Forest Service and partners are working on solutions to reduce impact and preaching hikers to "leave no trace."

Hanging Lake is located on a fault line and was formed when part of valley floor sheared off from the fault and dropped to what is now the shallow bed of the lake.

The lake is a 2.5 mile round trip hike just off of I-70. The trail follows Dead Horse Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River and ascends some 1,000 feet in elevation.

Behind the lake, is Spouting Rock, a larger waterfall that flows from a set of holes in the limestone cliffs of Dead Horse Canyon.