The Front Range Is everyone's goal as they drive westward into Colorado. How soon can we see the mountains? On a clear day, you might catch your first glimpse around Ft. Morgan, about sixty miles out. You will have to get a lot closer to start seeing Front Range penstemons, and all the other mountain wildflower delights. It's a trip every flower lover should take. This shot was taken on a roadside not far from Idaho Springs at about 8000 feet. This penstemon is easily seen on Front Range roadsides and in other open areas in CO and WY. Clear Creek Co CO, 6/18/13. Plantain family, Plantaginaceae.