I’m based in Denver and know the Rocky Mtn States well. In Colorado, the most scenic part of the State is the SW corner. Weather permitting, you
will be amazed at the alpine scenery around
Durango, Telluride and Ouray. Take a look at America’s newest National Park, the Black Canyon
of the Gunnison near Montrose. Area around Crested Butte, Aspen and Leadville is equally
beautiful. Might as well stop at Leadville and
get your certificate of achievement for landing
at America’s highest airport 9,927’. Landing is
no problem, getting out is another, esp. on a hot
I just got back from a trip to Montana. Grand Tetons from the air are spectacular. Yellowstone
is interesting, but less so from the air than
the ground. I think that may be because the
animals are what separates Yellowstone from every
where else, and you obviously can’t see them from
the air. A BIG loop from West Yellowstone to Ennis to Bozeman to Red Lodge, then south to the Park and back to West Yellowstone is a fantastic
trip. Glacier Nat’l Park, is equally stunning.
Just follow the “Going to the Sun” road and add
a loop around the southern part of the Park. The
colors of the glacial lakes are astounding.
For Idaho, get a copy of Gerald Hanselmann’s book
“Fly Idaho”, which is invaluable. INMO, visiting
the backcountry airports in Idaho is the single
best justification for owning your own plane. There is simply nothing to compare with the challenge and diversity they offer. Start with
easy ones like Smiley Creek and Yellowpine. Wish my home State had something half as good.
It’s an adventure. Hope you have a great experiece.