RMNP Locations: West Rocky: Never Summer Range

Some of the most rugged and spectacular mountains in RMNP lie on the west side of the Continental Divide. The best views can be found along Forest Canyon Pass up to Mount Ida.
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Last Light at Tree Line Pano

Backcountry, Rocky Mountain National Park

Evenings in the Rockies are always a special time, especially if you are fortunate enough to be in that magical location between forest and alpine tundra. On this particular evening I was able to watch the sun set with wonderful color and drama behind the Never Summer Mountains, the western border of Rocky Mountain National Park. Evenings like this take my breath away and keep me longing for more. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Western Summer

Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park

Late June looking out towards the Never Summer Mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Mountain in Tarn

Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park

Teepee Mountain in the Never Summer Range of Rocky Mountain National Park reflects in a small alpine tarn. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Never Summer June Pano

Never Summer Mountains

The Never Summer Range on the West side of Rocky Mountain National Park is amazingly beautiful from this high vantage point on a warm June morning. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Dancing Falls - V

Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park

This cascade was just behind my camp site in the Never Summer Mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park, providing a great place to sit and think as well as a refreshing sound to accompany me at night. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Dancing Falls - H

Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park

This cascade was just behind my camp site in the Never Summer Mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park, providing a great place to sit and think as well as a refreshing sound to accompany me at night. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Rocky Mountain Tepee

Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park

A gentle stream makes its way down through a meadow of flowers below a tepee shaped mountain in the Never Summer range of Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Stormy Valley

Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park

I was exploring this remote valley in the Never Summer Mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park as a thunder storm moved in. Soon after taking this photo I had to quickly head down below treeline to take shelter. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Bridge to Thunder Pass

Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park

This bridge lies on the trail to Thunder Pass in the Never Summer Mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park. It had just rained quite hard a few minutes before this and so everything was damp and lush on this peaceful July afternoon. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Northern Border Pano

Thunder Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park

I shot this image from Thunder Pass on the northern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. The dividing line runs right down this ridge and then up to the summit of rocky Static Peak in the center right. On the right hand side are the Nokhu Crags located just outside the park boundary.

 

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Evening Melody

Forest Canyon Overlook, Rocky Mountain National Park

On this cloudy evening I was up on Trail Ridge Road hoping for a beautiful sunset. During the final minutes the sky put on a dramatic show behind the Never Summer Mountains while a bull elk stood only a couple of hundred feet behind me with his harem, bugling every so often. It is in these magical moments when I find myself gently humming Louis Armstrong's song, "What a Wonderful World". Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Red Gulch Pano

Red Gulch, Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain National P

Not many folks get up here but from a distance I've been looking at this valley for years. It was quite a slog to get here from camp in time for sunrise but the beautiful rocky terrain mixed with the warm mountain light made it well worth the effort. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Always Summer

Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park

While hiking through an area high above treeline in the Never Summer Mountains I came across this stretch of wildflowers and was captivated. Scenes like this fill me with joy and make me wish that summer could stay. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Red Gulch Spring Pano

Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

Red Gulch is a little visited area on the western end of Rocky Mountain National Park and is part of the Never Summer Mountains. This area has been calling to me lately and I have a feeling that soon I will be exploring this basin which I have only seen until now from Farview Point along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Sunset Pastels Pano

Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

Snow covers the Never Summer Mountains on a beautiful May evening while the recently descended sun warms the sky with its gentle pastel hues. These wonderful colors often appear about 10 to 15 minutes after sun has last set and are often the best colors of the day. This image was photographed from Trail Ridge Road not far from Forest Canyon Overlook. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Farview Window

Never Summer Mountains, RMNP

Bowen and Farview mountains, part of the Never Summer Mountains, are briefly revealed on a cloudy morning in July. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Sunset Dream

Forest Canyon Overlook, Rocky Mountain National Park

Violent storms visit the mountains almost every summer afternoon. They typically disappear around four or five in the evening, but on those days when they tarry, expect a magical sunset. On this evening I was at Forest Canyon Overlook on Trail Ridge Road as the last light danced on the clouds before the Never Summer Mountains. These are special moments! Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Never Summer Spring

Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

Spring has arrived in the tundra. It is early July and the snow is quickly disappearing but all is green and alive with new life on the Never Summer Mountains. Who said it is Never Summer up there.

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Spring Marmot

Thunder Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park

A marmot enjoys a sunny morning on the west side of RMNP just below Thunder Pass. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Trail up Box Canyon

Box Canyon Trail, West Side, Rocky Mountain National Park

The trail from Lulu City up Box Canyon is one of those trails which see few visitors. It is located quite a ways back off the beaten track, yet it is a beautiful hike through the forest. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Walking High

Forest Canyon Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park

A friend and I hiked the Continental Divide to reach a point below Mt Ida where I left my headlamp over the winter. Michael agreed to serve as my model against the rugged backdrop of the Never Summer Range. We found my headlamp and it worked like new even after 7 months of harsh weather! I didn't even have to change batteries! Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Winter's Way

Kawuneeche Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park

A dramatic sunset in the Kawuneeche Valley makes one fall in love with winter all over again. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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