It doesn’t get much more peaceful than this photo, right? Peter Claussen took this shot of the Milky Way over Estes Park from the YMCA of the Rockies in late November. Don’t let the tranquility fool you, though, as Estes Park—and many other parts of the state—continue to rebuild after this year’s floods. Want to get involved? Purchase your holiday gifts from, a site that’s helping Estes Park storeowners rebound.

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—Image courtesy of Peter Claussen