I have been wanting to hike up to a certain place overlooking the lava cliffs for a few weeks but I wanted the clouds to be right so after watching the forcast I headed up for sunrise. At first I was in cloud cover and fog but as the sun rose it lifted. This is from on top of the lava cliffs looking southeast towards Denver. You can see the large parking lot for the lava cliffs, center top. It is a very large parking lot. To the left is 2 small shiny dots which are cars. Trail Ridge Road winds around the base of these cliffs. It is about 200 ft straight down 2 steps out from where I am set up on the edge of a cornace still left from our high snow fall this past winter. These cliffs were formed from a lava flow 12 miles away. Here is where it cooled and stopped 2.5 million years ago. It is also the highest recorded falcon nesting area in the U.S. One of the greenest prettiest years I can remember this late in the season. 100 year anniversary this year for Rocky Mountain National Park. Longs peak 14,256 ft tall in the upper left background.