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Rocky Mountain States

Guests stay in log cabins at the Zion Mountain Resort. (Jerel Harris / For The Times)
Log cabin homes, off Utah 14, are inhabitable year-round at an altitude of 8,400 feet in Dixie National Forest. (Jerel Harris / For The Times)
Leaving St. George, Utah 9 follows the Virgin River. On the western end of the route, a red-tailed hawk surveys the landscape near Virgin. Beyond, the road passes through grassy valleys to the eastern side of Zion National Park, and Zion Mountain Resort’s log cabins. (Jerel Harris / For The Times)
Solitude in abundance. (Jerel Harris / For The Times)
The colors of fall in Zion Canyon. (Jerel Harris / For The Times)
Along Kolob Terrace Road north of Virgin, Utah. (Jerel Harris / For The Times)
Zion Canyon in sharp relief. (Jerel Harris / For The Times)
Mount Carmel Junction, where State Route 9 and US Route 89 intersect. (Jerel Harris / For The Times)
West of Canyon Junction, Mount Carmel Highway winds through Zion Canyon with sharp curves and steep drops. (Jerel Harris / For The Times)
Clouds are reflected on the surface of Red Rock Lake in the Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Early morning in Colorado: rain droplets on fallen aspen leaves. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Afternoon in a Colorado aspen grove. (Francine Orr / LAT)
At 12,000 feet in elevation, Isabelle Glacier stretches between Apache Peak, left, at 13,441 feet, and Shoshoni Peak, 12,697 feet. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Aspen leaves begin their autumn change of color along a footpath above Ward, Colo. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Dead trees compose an abstract mosaic near Red Rock Lake, Colo. (Francine Orr / LAT)
The rippled surface of Red Rock Lake, Colo. (Francine Orr / LAT)
According to local legend, the spirit of Chief Niwot remains in these rocks near Boulder, Colo. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Wild aster, Ward, Colo. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Autumn’s cast-off wardrobe at 9,000 feet near Ward, Colo. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Indian Paint Brush grows in a meadow above Ward, Colo. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Last year’s aspen leaves, Colorado. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Aspen thrive near an old mine above Ward, Colo. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Ward, Colo. Population: 150, give or take. (Francine Orr / LAT)
From the top down, Jonah Blitt, 11, and Oliver Zahn, 10, hang out in the Ward, Colo., Public Library. (Francine Orr / LAT)
One last piece of pie at the Millsite Inn, in Ward, Co. BYO milk and book. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Peace and quiet at the Gold Lake Mountain Resort & Spa off Highway 72 near Ward, Colo. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Some cabins at Gold Lake Mountain Resort & Spa have wireless connections. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Setting the mood at Alice’s Restaurant, Gold Lake Mountain Resort & Spa. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Bluegrass musicians Doug and Telisha Williams at Alice’s Restaurant, Gold Lake Mountain Resort & Spa. (Francine Orr / LAT)
One of the smaller visitors at the Gold Lake Mountain Resort & Spa. (Francine Orr / LAT)
In autumn, elk are frequent visitors to Estes Park, Colo. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Aspen leaves change color in the crisp autumn air. (Francine Orr / LAT)
The last remnant of autumn. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Red Rock Lake in the icy grip of cold wind. (Francine Orr / LAT)
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