Millions of years ago the volcanic eruptions in the San Juan Mountain near Creede, Colo., created this nature wonderland. The seven-mile hike or 14-mile Jeep road are worth it. Photos by Christian Murdock
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Nothing, not even the pictures across the internet, can prepare one for what lay deep in the San Juan Mountains, hidden and protected indeed: Wheeler Geologic Area. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed it Colorado’s first national monument.