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Hey All! Has anyone ever camped on the summit of Fourteeners (or other mountains) on July 4th? I'm researching the concept for potential blog post. What was your experience like? Did you see fireworks - where, when, have photos you can share? Any tips for anyone considering this...or too dangerous considering summer lightning storms and all?
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I've seen fireworks from a nearby mountain. It's less impressive than you'd think - being closer is better than being higher.
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Jim Davies wrote:I've seen fireworks from a nearby mountain. It's less impressive than you'd think - being closer is better than being higher.
+1...Been up by Horsetooth in Fort Collins, and saw at least half a dozen distant fireworks shows, but all were underwhelming. (Saw something similar when flying on a 4th of July night).
Maybe it's partly nostalgia (for the midwest, no less!), but lying back in the grass with big fireworks that take up your whole field of vision are more remarkable, as are displays that are reflected over water.
As for camping, the Silverton display from Kendall Mtn. was one of our favourite ones -- sitting and drinking by a campfire, watching fireworks, and hearing them echo off rock walls. Lake Dillon was decent, so I would suggest aiming for Summit Co, Leadville, other mountain town fireworks and focus on a close, good campsite and good view which is likely not a summit.
Agree, not that impressive from up high. And another vote for Silverton's show... the echoing off the mountains really makes it something cool.