Big Thompson Canyon Drive – In A Colorado Minute (Week 238) 

The 33-mile drive through the Big Thompson Canyon along Highway 34 from Loveland to Estes Park is one of the most stunning drives in Colorado – with its winding road, tall granite walls and, of course, the rough water of the Big Thompson River.

I’ve taken this ride many times on my way into Rocky Mountain National Park, which has its official entrance in Estes Park. Check out a video from the park (including shots of the Big Thompson River Headwaters) here: Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park) – In A Colorado Minute (Week 208)

During week 231, I finally strapped the GoPro to the front of our car and captured this lovely ride for you. Thank you, Scott, for driving. Thank you, Pete, for letting me have your GoPro on permanent loan.

It’s still shocking to see all the destruction the big flood caused in autumn 2013. By now there is still quite a bit of construction, and it seems that they’ve kept the river lower than usual by controlling intake through the damn at Estes Lake.

As with most of my transportation time-lapse videos, this is just the 1-minute edited version. I plan to upload a full version of the drive another day… whenever that day will come when I finally upload all the longer versions, I have no idea…

The song featured in this video is “Hoedown” by Jason Shaw, available under a CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you, Jason!

The last turn of the Big Thompson Canyon highway before you see Estes Park and the high peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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