|Visitor Center Sign|
|Kawuneeche Valley floor|
Our first stop in the valley was the Coyote Valley Trailhead. The trail is an easy hike of less than a mile and is on a level graveled path. We parked in the small parking area and began a hike that traveled westbound for about a tenth of a mile until we came to a footbridge that crossed the Colorado River. At the bridge we were less than 10 miles downstream from the Colorado's headwaters. From this point the Colorado River travels another 1400 miles before spilling out in the Gulf of California.
|View of Colorado River from footbridge|
|Colorado River flowing through Kawuneeche Valley|
We stopped for a moment to take in the views of the Never Summer Mountains and the western slope of the Continental Divide. We were sad to see the condition of the lodgepole pines in the RMNP and how they have suffered due to the pine beetle infestation.
|Never Summer Mountains|
At another four-tenths of a mile we reached the end of the trail, or loop, and turned to walk back to the parking area. We had hoped to see moose, elk, or coyotes in the valley but on this hike the only wildlife we saw were various birds.