Stargazing at the Top of Mt. Evans, Colorado

As the sun began to set in Denver, Colorado, Leslie and I made a spontaneous, last minute plan to head up to Mt. Evans (the highest paved road in North America) and watch the meteor shower. It is one of 54 fourteeners (mountains with peaks over 14,000 feet) in Colorado. And I’m going to say right up front that this was one scary drive, but totally worth every heart-thumping second. Unfortunately, we were more than less prepared as the top of the peak greeted us with 40 degree weather, lightning, and a heavy dose of sleet – and this is in the middle of August we’re talking about. Nevertheless, we found a beautiful spot to stargaze. The view was miraculous, the meteors came showering throughout the night, and the stars seemed to be only an arm length away! If there’s ever a place that needs to be visited, we encourage everyone to add this to their list. It’ll remain one of the most memorable drives we have ever taken.

A little background about this photo:

We approached the top of Mt. Evans at around 11pm and it was complete darkness. Pointing the camera towards the city created this unbelievable glow around the massive rocks dangling from the cliffs of the mountain. Below is a RAW image of how we were able to maneuver our way towards the cliff using an iPhone to light our path.

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