Since moving to Coloardo, I have come to learn that just because people may be natives to the Rocky Mountain state doesn't mean they've been to some of the coolest and prettiest spots practically in their backyard. I guess that is true for people in any state, but as someone who wants to see all of the beautiful places as soon as possible, it blew my mind a little. I can't live in this state and NOT explore every chance I get.

A couple of weeks ago, hours before the sun would rise, I hopped in the car with some friends and headed up to Maroon Bells. We drove through towns I still have yet to see (it was dark, duh.), crossed over Independence Pass, and made our way to the final destination. I'd heard about this place and I had seen pictures, but nothing prepares you for seeing it in person. It was honestly one of the prettiest and most breathtaking sights I have ever seen. As if the place isn't pretty enough already, the yellow Aspens were also showing off, making the scene even more golden. See what I did there? ;)

After spending some time taking it all in, and capturing a ridiculous amount of pictures, we headed up the trail and through the Aspens to Crater Lake, which was a brand new kind of beautiful in itself. You know those moments when you ask yourself "Is this real life??" This day was full of them. I am constantly amazed by the beauty and majesty of the outdoors, and thankful for the Creator who designed it all for our enjoyment and his glory.

Fair warning: This post is basically an insane photo dump. Sorry not sorry. I honestly couldn't narrow them down because they ALL make me heart eyes for dayssss.

Are you a Colorado Native? Have you ever been to Maroon Bells? If not, go immediately. ;) What is a favorite spot you love to explore in your home state? Tell me all the things! Happy adventuring!