Why everyone should take a solo road trip to Colorado

Rexa Vella

Why everyone should take a solo road trip to Colorado

The next day, Mahoney and I drove through the national park and I had my first experience of off-roading in his Jeep, up through rivers and mountain tracks in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. We stopped along the way to observe a herd of wild Big Horn sheep, then after a brief hike to find a view across the valley, had a picnic that Mahoney had prepared. That night I helped chop wood, Mahoney lit a fire and cooked bison steaks and vegetables over the flame. A delicious, lean meat, bison was only recently reintroduced to the area after they were hunted to extinction. They’re a protected meat, Mahoney explained, so farmers aren’t allowed to add hormones, antibiotics and additives into their feed. It’s probably the best meal I had in the entirety of my trip. On the last day, Mahoney and I hiked to the top of The Great Sand Dunes — it took around an hour of scrambling up steep dunes but the views were absolutely worth the effort. 

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