Rocky Mountain impressions

Independence Pass, midway between Aspen and Twin Lakes, is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado. Originally known as Hunter Pass, it sits at an elevation of 12,095 ft (3,687 m) on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range. State Highway 82 traverses it, in the process reaching the highest elevation of a paved Colorado state highway on a through road. During my road trip across the USA in 2001 I went for a 4-5 h hike at Independence Pass, reaching an altitude of about 4,100 meters. A very nice location, indeed.

After visiting Aspen and Glenwood Springs, I went north to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Although very crowded during the high-season, this park is well worth a visit.

Notice. Some of the plants displayed here, from scanned, low-quality old slides, may very well be wrongly named, as I am no expert on the local flora.

 

Independence Pass, Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Independence Pass, Rocky Mountains, Colorado

 

Independence Pass, Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Alpine Bitterroot / Alpine Lewisia (Lewisia pygmaea), Independence Pass, Colorado

 

At Independence Pass in July 2001, Colorado

Whipple's Penstemon (Penstemon whippleanus), Independence Pass, Colorado

 

Dwarf Fireweed (Chamaenerion latifolium), Independence Pass, Colorado

Independence Pass, Rocky Mountains, Colorado

 

Independence Pass, Rocky Mountains, Colorado

 

Could be Dwarf Mountain Ragwort (Senecio Fremontii), Independence Pass, Colorado

 

 

Elephanthead Lousewort (Pedicularis groenlandica), Independence Pass, Colorado

Could be Field Chickweed (Cerastium arvense), Independence Pass, Colorado

 

Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum), Colorado

Alpine Sagebrush (Artemisia scopulorum), Independence Pass, Colorado

 

Alpine Sagebrush (Artemisia scopulorum), Independence Pass, Colorado

Independence Pass, Rocky Mountains, Colorado

 

Independence Pass, Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Aster species, Independence Pass, Colorado

 

Common Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia), Independence Pass, Colorado

Spiked Woodrush (Luzula spicata), Independence Pass, Colorado

 

Mertens' Rush (Juncus mertensianus), Independence Pass, Colorado

Alpine Sandwort (Minuartia obtusiloba), Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

 

Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides), Colorado

Independence Pass, Rocky Mountains, Colorado

 

Lichen, Pike National Forest, Colorado

Independence Pass, Rocky Mountains, Colorado

 

Along State Highway 82, Colorado

Purple Locoweed? (Oxytropis lambertii), Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

 

Perhaps Woolly Cinquefoil (Potentilla hippiana), Pike National Forest, Colorado

Possibly Giant Red Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata), Rocky Mountains, Colorado

 

Western Yellow Paintbrush (Castilleja occidentalis), Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

 

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

 

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rustyhair Saxifrage? (Saxifraga occidentalis), Independence Pass, Colorado

 

Diamond-leaved Saxifrage (Saxifraga rhomboidea), Independence Pass, Colorado

Rosecrown / Redpod Stonecrop (Sedum rhodanthum), Independence Pass, Colorado

 

Mountain Rush (Juncus arcticus), Independence Pass, Colorado

Carex species (Carex sp.), Independence Pass, Colorado

 

Carex species, maybe Norway Sedge? (Carex norwegica), Independence Pass, Colorado

Creeping Sibbaldia (Sibbaldia procumbens), Independence Pass, Colorado

 

Mountain Aven (Dryas octopetala) field, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Possibly Oneside Penstemon (Penstemon unilateralis), Pike National Forest, Colorado

 

 

Wholeleaf Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja integra), Red Rock State Park, New Mexico (altitude about 1900)

Somewhere along Highway 24, Colorado. I think this is Pike National Forest

 

Colorado shrub

Somewhere along Highway 24, Colorado

 

Somewhere along Highway 24, Colorado

Possibly James' Buckwheat (Eriogonum jamesii), Pike National Forest, Colorado

 

Cinquefoil (Potentilla sp.), Independence Pass, Colorado

Arctic Gentian (Gentiana algida), Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

 

Arctic Gentian (Gentiana algida), Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Star Gentian / Felwort (Swertia perennis), Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

 

Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis thermalis), Yellowstone, Wyoming