A perfectly serene plateau rests in Colorado, luring those who might traverse it on skis or snowshoes. If you are one of those fortunate few, choose a winter week day and ascend the Buford New Castle road, 245, which initially tags along West Elk Creek and ultimately ends where the snowplow turns around. Other than the Ute Trailhead, few man made signs will mar your trip. Upon reaching a snow covered parking lot at 9,600 feet above sea level, prepare to ponder the crystalline strength of snow, the inspiration of healthy trees, the sparkle of sunshine easily piercing the pure air, and silence. Where are the animals? How did the Northern Utes survive in temporary shelters? How can we preserve the White River National Forest? Can you continue on these mysterious trails while appreciating each moment?