Around Monarch Pass (Images of America) by Duane Vandenbusche

By Duane Vandenbusche

Monarch kingdom is a really appealing mountain area spanning either side of the Continental Divide within the southern parts of Chaffee and Gunnison Counties within the Rocky Mountains of south-central Colorado. Monarch cross, at 11,312 ft above sea point, divides the Gunnison state within the west from the Arkansas River watershed within the east. This scenic, wild, and rugged quarter surrounding the crossroads of U.S. Routes 50 and 285 is wealthy in mining, railroad, and snowboarding background and as soon as incorporated booming mining camps equivalent to Maysville, Garfield, Monarch, and White Pine. The crown jewel of this stunning high-country panorama is the Monarch Ski region, which enjoys 350 to 500 inches of blizzard each year.

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