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Purple Mountain Majesties along the Shelf Road

This is another shot taken on the "Shelf Road" between Cripple Creek and Cañon City CO. As you can see from these pictures, it is well worth the detour!


You can see the Sangre de Cristo Mts in the far background. It is said that the view of that Mountain range from Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the "Purple Mountain Majesties" line in America the Beautiful. Maybe it was the view from this road instead?

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Taken on July 11, 2006