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    [–] 3 day trip accessible from Denver mtuohyphoto 1 points ago in WildernessBackpacking

    3 hours from DIA isn't very far into the mountains at all, you might be able to get into Rocky mountain national Park in 3 hours but that's right at that 3 hour cutoff. Lots of the "really good" stuff like the San Juans, Aspen/Snowmass, and other areas are further. You could string something together in RMNP for 3 days but permits are probably already gone for 85% of the summer. Some National forest is probably your best bet, definitely further than 3 hours though.

    [–] Only a handful of times each year Utah's deserts become blanketed in white. The combination between snow & sand is incredible. Castle Valley near Moab, UT[1400x2100][OC] mtuohyphoto 2 points ago in EarthPorn

    Yup! I've visited in March 2017, January 2018, September 2018, November 2018, and February 2019. The off season is where it's at - that September visit was a bit too hot for me (daytime highs in the upper 90s) but other than that, it's incredible.

    [–] Only a handful of times each year Utah's deserts become blanketed in white. The combination between snow & sand is incredible. Castle Valley near Moab, UT[1400x2100][OC] mtuohyphoto 2 points ago in EarthPorn

    Yup! In this case, my tripod moved but had a very similar frame. In 99% of my nighttime shots, the tripod doesn't even move, I just wait a few hours for the stars to come out. That makes masking super duper easy to do in Photoshop.

    [–] Recommendations for hiking with children in Colorado mtuohyphoto 19 points ago in WildernessBackpacking

    May is still early springtime in Colorado, so in much of the state I'd be ready for slushy snow conditions. Estes Park/Rocky mountain national Park has some great options, waterfalls, and wildlife opportunities for kids. I personally love SW Colorado near Ouray, Telluride, etc but that's a bit higher elevation so it may have more snow, I've never been in that area that early season.

    [–] Only a handful of times each year Utah's deserts become blanketed in white. The combination between snow & sand is incredible. Castle Valley near Moab, UT[1400x2100][OC] mtuohyphoto 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    I did it from Colorado which requires going against the storm since storms move east. Another easier option would be to keep an eye out for snowfall in Zion, equally excellent views, especially with the snow. Bryce canyon is right next door which is also incredible.