Monarch Pass is a high mountain pass road in Colorado between Gunnison and Buena Vista, and somewhere I was soooo happy I decided to drive through during my road trip earlier this year. I'm sure we drove through this area when I was younger, but I can't recall it so it was a new Colorado experience for me. It was so snowy, I couldn't believe my eyes, I was so so so happy I was able to get some snowy scenery in my life. You just can't take these things for granted when you don't get to experience them whenever you want!
Maybe these are just photos of snow and trees to some, but to me this is my happy place, any time I look at these photos they make me so happy. If you're ever driving from Grand Junction to Denver and time isn't an issue, I definitely recommend taking the long way and driving over Monarch Pass, stopping as many times as necessary to take in all the beautiful scenery.