Here are a few pictures from Summit Lake Park, just below Mt. Evans in Colorado.
First up: goats!
Here's just a slice of the lake against the lower-slopes of Mt. Spalding:
Here's the trail leading to the park office, with the ridge between Mt. Spalding and Mt. Warren behind it:
And to the left, here's a close-up of the jagged cliffs surrounding the summit of Mt. Evans, way up at 14,264 feet:
And a little bigger-picture view of Mt. Evans in the distance, with some of the rare plants and flowers in this area in the foreground. This area is located in alpine region, but the environment mirrors the arctic. Permafrost, unique to the dry alpine tundra, is present here, which provides the environment for these rare plants to grow - normally found above the arctic circle. (and this was in August!)
There's your view from the high-country folks. Go see it soon!