this section will prove to be a valuable resource for a few locals and
out-of-state tourists alike. While my thoughts are relatively brief on
the areas I have chosen to describe, I have links to many other great
Web sites that go further in depth. Also, while the areas I cover are
limited to just a handful, I will add futer articles on when I have enough
material and information gathered. The following pages cover the both
the areas I usually venture to whenever the road is calling my name and
some just some great parts of the state in general. But first, some fun
There are five resources which I highly recommend for your Colorado explorations. The first is John Fielder's Best of Colorado. This is the best complete guide for Colorado which is also geared towards the photographer, or just one who wants to see some of the great sites this state has to offer. It also covers dining and lodging options and other attractions. The second book I would suggest is Laurent Martrès' Photographing the Southwest: Volume 3, which covers Colorado and New Mexico. It is one of the two available photographer's guide books for Colorado. The other photographer's guide book is Andy Cook's A Guide To Colorado's Best Photography Locations. I have his first addition, but can only suspect the second one is better. Both of these guide books are very well done, but the former is more formal. The final piece of literature, of sorts, I recommend is The Roads of Colorado road atlas. I find this to be far better than the more popular Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer in that it has far greater topo detail and is much easier to read in general. This is my most used resource in my Colorado library, and here is a picture to prove it! Similarly, Benchmark Maps Colorado Road and Recreation Atlas is just as good of an alternative to The Roads of Colorado. Instead of countour lines, it uses shaded relief that is probably the cleanest way to visualize the topography, and would be my first suggestion for most people. I was a late-comer to this resource, and truth be told, I generally look at it first. It also includes things like scenic byways and other recreational opportunities along with climates for given areas.
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