Image Gallery: Rocky Mountain Scenery on Interstate 70/Highway 82 from Denver to Aspen, Colorado

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The Rocky Mountains, also known as the Rockies, are a major mountain range located in western North America. The Rocky Mountains stretch 3,000 km (1,900 mi) in straight-line distance from the northernmost part of British Columbia, in western Canada, to New Mexico in the Southwestern United States. The northern terminus is near the Liard River, while the southernmost point is near Albuquerque, adjacent the Sandia–Manzano Mountains. Located within the North American Cordillera, the Rockies are distinct from the Pacific Coast Ranges, Cascade Range, and the Sierra Nevada, which all lie farther to the west.

View Mt. Sniktau near the Bakerville Rd. exit of Interstate-70. Estimated location: 39.693943, -105.800525

The name of the mountains is a translation of an Amerindian name that is closely related to Algonquian; the Cree name as-sin-wati is given as, “When seen from across the prairies, they looked like a rocky mass”. The first mention of their present name by a European was in the journal of Jacques Legardeur de Saint-Pierre in 1752, where they were called “Montagnes de Roche”.

View of Buffalo Mountain and Red Peak when approaching Silverthorne, Colorado from the east. Estimated location: 39.654173, -106.001294

The Rocky Mountains are often defined as stretching from the Liard River in British Columbia south to the Rio Grande in New Mexico. The Rockies vary in width from 110 to 480 kilometres (70 to 300 mi). The Rocky Mountains contain the highest peaks in central North America. The range’s highest peak is Mount Elbert located in Colorado at 4,401 metres (14,440 ft) above sea level. Mount Robson in British Columbia, at 3,954 metres (12,972 ft), is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

The frozen Dillon Lake at Silverthorne, Colorado. Estimated location: 39.626639, -106.049835

The rocks in the Rocky Mountains were formed before the mountains were raised by tectonic forces. The oldest rock is Precambrian metamorphic rock that forms the core of the North American continent. There is also Precambrian sedimentary argillite, dating back to 1.7 billion years ago. During the Paleozoic, western North America lay underneath a shallow sea, which deposited many kilometers of limestone and dolomite.

Orange canyons besides the freeway between Wolcott and Eagle. Estimated Location: 39.695534, -106.743892

In the southern Rocky Mountains, near present-day Colorado, these ancestral rocks were disturbed by mountain building approximately 300 Ma, during the Pennsylvanian. This mountain-building produced the Ancestral Rocky Mountains. They consisted largely of Precambrian metamorphic rock forced upward through layers of the limestone laid down in the shallow sea. The mountains eroded throughout the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic, leaving extensive deposits of sedimentary rock.

Below are the rest of the Rocky Mountain scenery images. All images were taken on or near Interstate 70 and part on Highway 82 from Denver to Aspen, Colorado.

Walkway besides Dillon Lake in Silverthorne, Colorado. Estimated location: 39.626639, -106.049835
Roaring Fork River in Glenwood Springs, Colorado near Veltus Park. Estimated location: 39.544574, -107.330267
Freeway going along the Colorado river through the canyons between Dotsero and Glenwood Springs. Estimated location: 39.621464, -107.124758
Snowy hill part of the Loveland Ski Area when approaching the Eisenhower Tunnel. Estimated location: 39.685708, -105.885285
Orange brown hillside along the freeway between Gypsum and Dotsero. Estimated location: 39.649042, -107.008910
Roaring Fork River in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Estimated location: 39.544625, -107.330285
View of Dillon Lake looking to the west with Buffalo Mountain and Red Peak on the background. Estimated location: 39.626639, -106.049835
Colorado river cuts through large rocky canyons near Hanging Lake Hiking area. Estimated location: 39.591168, -107.180652
Rocky canyons along Interstate 70 approaching Glenwood Springs from the east. Estimated Location: 39.567082, -107.272533
Unknown location on Interstate 70 between Denver and Glenwood Springs.
Clear Creek under Interstate 70 ramp in Evergreen, Colorado. Ramp connects from freeway to Highway 6. Estimated location: 39.746527, -105.436482
Clear Creek under Interstate-70 ramp in Evergreen, Colorado. Ramp connects from freeway to Highway 6. Estimated location: 39.746527, -105.436482
Raoring Fork River in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Estimated location: 39.544625, -107.330285
Frozen Dillon Lake in Silverthorne, Colorado. Estimated location: 39.626639, -106.049835
A dark tree near Clear Creek in Evergreen, Colorado. Estimated location: 39.746527, -105.436482
Freeway going along the Colorado river through the canyons between Dotsero and Glenwood Springs.
View of James Peak, Parry Peak, and Mt. Eva from Interstate 70 near Chief Hosa exit. Estimated location: 39.714339, -105.312148
Unknown location on Interstate 70 between Denver and Glenwood Springs.
Unknown location on Interstate 70 between Denver and Glenwood Springs.
Veltus Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Estimated location: 39.544625, -107.330285
Clear Creek under Interstate-70 ramp in Evergreen, Colorado. Ramp connects from freeway to Highway 6. Estimated location: 39.544625, -107.330285
Frozen Dillon Lake in Silverthrone, Colorado. Estimated location: 39.626639, -106.049835
Freeway going through the canyons between Dotsero and Glenwood Springs.
View of Mt. Sopris from Highway 82 near Carbondale going to Aspen. Estimated location: 39.422148, -107.236748
Unknown location on Highway 82 between Glenwood Springs and Aspen.
Snow-covered trees on the Rockies along Interstate 70.
Orange canyons besides the freeway between Wolcott and Eagle. Estimated Location: 39.695534, -106.743892

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Mountains


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