When I looked up a website confirming the spelling of Cochetopa, one site said that the pass is not impressive by Colorado standards and only reaches an elevation of 10.149 feet, but I was very impressed with the wildlife we saw. A golden eagle was in the road a few miles from where we saw the sheep, and when he took off to fly I think his wingspan was wider than our Jeep. I couldn't grab my camera fast enough to get a picture of him.
I took a few more pictures from the Jeep as we traveled through the rest of Colorado. Way in the distance here is the Great Sand Dunes National Park, one of my favorite places to visit when I was growing up and still a favorite today. Of course, back then it was just a National Monument.
This is Blanca Peak, the fourth highest mountain in Colorado, elevation 14,345. Blanca has one of the most difficult 4-wheel drive roads that almost guarantees some major damage to your vehicle and isn't one that we plan on trying.