Located north of the Arkansas River, a vital artery that was nearly hidden by the tall grasses along its banks, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site is an imposing adobe structure and a painstakingly created reproduction of the original fort.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is the quietest National Park in the United States and a perfect representation of a cyclical environment.

The day’s agenda had one item: Mesa Verde National Park. We had no idea where we were sleeping that night, although we did know it would be someplace with plumbing. We were getting Stinky.