Up Sundance Peak

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Sundance Peak rises 500 feet above the eastern tundra side of Trail Ridge Road. Photo by Richard F. Fleck

Sundance Peak rises 500 feet above the eastern tundra side of Trail Ridge Road. Photo by Richard F. Fleck

We see them up there—several

herds of tundra elk, and rising

above them, Sundance Peak.

We cannot resist leaving our car

to hop from rock to rock across

the flowerful terrain and almost

merge with these slow-moving

grazers who pay no mind to us

as we hoof along a ridge higher

than they, where we can admire

the Mummy Range stretching

north and, at last, after gazing

down at our antlered companions,

we sit atop the highest point and

stare into alpine patches of snow

looking like some giant Appaloosa.