Jerry and I have been on a LOT of scenic drives that were outstanding. This one ranks right up in the top ten. It was incredible! Take a look at the first picture which shows the road we drove below. It is a 13 mile canyon drive that ends at Steamboat Rock where the Green and Yampa Rivers converge.
Echo Park is located in the heart of Dinosaur's canyon country. Here, the Yampa River flows into the Green River, which winds around the massive feature known as Steamboat Rock. The meeting of the two rivers along with nearby geologic faults created some of the monument's most dramatic scenery.
We were amazed at how fresh the air was and how green the grass was when we arrived. This area is pollution free. They have a primitive campground in the area that advertises A spectacular display of stars at night. The night sky is so visible due to the lack of any light pollution from nearby towns and cities. This park was like going into paradise where everything was totally unspoiled.
It was quite a job to get to this paradise. :-) The road had several areas where I was ready to turn around because of the water overflowing the small bridges, but Jerry checked them out and said they were okay so we continued. I am glad we did now.
Echo Park is located 38 miles from the Canyon Visitor Center which is near Dinosaur, Colorado. The first 25 miles are on the paved Harpers Corner Road. The last 13 miles requires driving on unpaved roads. These roads are impassable when wet and are recommended for high clearance vehicles only. Right after you leave the Harpers Corner Road, you will descend quickly down several switchbacks.
Some interesting areas on the drive were lots of Native American Fremont petroglyphs, some were as high up as 35 feet. We wondered how on earth they got high enough to reach the rocks. We read the area used to be much higher thousands of years ago and the rivers had worn it down to the height it is now. They had markers showing you where to look to see them, it was fascinating to see.
We also passed a huge cave that was outstanding. It was used to cool off in hot weather and is called “Whispering Cave" because the wind blows and makes it sound like someone is whispering. This was a spectacular drive and not to be missed if you are in the area. Check back later for more from Colorado.