Flames from the out-of-control blazes in Colorado this past weekend forced the evacuations of hundreds of residents and disrupted vacation plans for countless visitors.
Fire destroyed two dozen homes near Rocky Mountain National Park, two hours west of Denver, and emptied campgrounds at the base of Pike's Peak. It also closed the most commonly used entrance to the park.
A blaze on Saturday destroyed 21 structures, including vacation cabins near Estes Park, a mountain community where many visitors stay while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park and Pike's Peak.
More than eight fires are burning across the state's parched terrain, fueled by high heat and strong winds.
A blaze west of Colorado Springs on Sunday prompted evacuation orders for 11,000 residents and tourists, including visitors staying in several Manitou Springs hotels near Colorado Springs.
Whitewater rafting trips and visits to the red rock formations in Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs were canceled.
Elsewhere, firefighters battled flames in parts of Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Follow Gay Nagle Myers on Twitter @gnmtravelweekly.