One of several "themed" rest stops between Denver and T. or C.
Somehow traveling to visit relatives and our favorite places usually means long stretches of driving between towns "with facilities." In fact, many signs will say "Next exit 50 miles, no facilities." We've learned to monitor our eating and drinking and keep an eye out for highway rest stops. In the last 10 years or so, many states seem to be in some sort of competition to build the most architecturally interesting and inviting rest stops. This one seems to have a saw mill/mining camp motif. Another has an adobe theme. Some are decorated in Southwest teal and crimson colors with random petroglyphs. Some have elaborate landscaping and floral gardens.
I'm not complaining mind you. I remember the days when a two-hole outhouse over a lime pit was the rest stop facility-- with no decor or amenities like paper and water. Actually the one above is one of my favorites. I have photos of it at sunrise, late afternoon and sunset--and the views change with the light source. It's not really apparent in the photo above but when it was taken there was a light layer of frost on the boardwalk.
Maybe someday I'll write reviews and rankings of highway rest stops--or maybe not.