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Routt County in photos: Nov. 26, 2012

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What "history book" discovery has Curiosity made in the red sands of Mars? NASA will tell us in a week or so. This is how the robotic eyes of NASA's Curiosity rover see its destination — the sedimentary clay layers on the flanks of Mt. Sharp inside of the Gale crater. NASA image

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Warm, dry weather has provided ideal building conditions for the Casey’s Pond Distinctive Senior Living Community near the corner of Walton Creek Road and U.S. Highway 40. This photograph was taken looking to the west from the Eagleridge development. The building on the left with the roof membrane in place is the future home of the Doak Walker House extended care facility. Photo by Tom Ross

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The setting sun creates another brilliant Yampa Valley sky. Photo by John F. Russell

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Snowcat operator Rob Donnridge backs up the beginners slope at Howelsen Hill on Monday morning. Crews at the downtown Steamboat Springs ski area is working to get the slopes ready for Saturday’s opening. Photo by John F. Russell

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The icy waters of Fish Creek flow into the Yampa River on Monday morning in Steamboat Springs. Photo by John F. Russell

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An elk moves across a pasture to catch up with the herd near Steamboat Springs. Photo by John F. Russell

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An elk moves across a pasture to catch up with the herd near Steamboat Springs. Photo by John F. Russell

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A herd of elk makes its way across a pasture east of Steamboat Springs on Monday morning. Photo by John F. Russell

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