Our drive to Grand Junction took 6 hours via IH 70 from Denver. We will stay here only 2 nights at the KOA before going to Moab for 5 nights.
The drive was very scenic passing through the towns of Idaho Springs site of the first substantial gold discovery in 1859, Frisco,Vail and Glenwood Springs. One of the most scenic areas is Glenwood Canyon on the Colorado River. The canyon walls climb 1300 ft above the river. IH 70 takes you through several tunnels including the Eisenhower/Johnson tunnel with a descent of 7% for eight miles. The tunnel is at an elevation of 11,158 ft. Needless to say there are several runaway truck ramps along the way. Coming into Grand Junction on the south side are lush farming and vineyards, whereas on the north side lies a series of unique canyons and mesas. The Colorado and Gunnison Rivers join here. The Colorado National Monument is located nearby, which we hope to visit tomorrow if we have time after visiting several historic forts.
|Argo Mine Idaho Springs|
|Going into Eisenhower Tunnel|
|In Front of LK Dillon Frisco CO|
|Colorado Rapids..Glenwood Canyon|
|Tunnel Through Glenwood Canyon|
|Coming into Grand Junction|
|Northside of IH70 Coming into Grand Junction|