Colorado Fall Colors Revisited

I had a 4-day weekend in early October, providing me with the opportunity to visit relatives in Denver. Before leaving on my weekend jaunts, I text family members to let them know where I am going. On October 5th, I sent out the following text, “I am headed to Ridgway, CO tonight. Not sure where I will be tomorrow night”. My younger sister replied, “…Thought you were headed to Denver”. I responded, “Ridgway is on the way to Denver when the Aspens are turning and the mountains have snow on them”.

For those of you who are geographically challenged, I simply had to take I-70 East from Fruita, CO to Denver; roughly a 260-mile drive that would take 4 ¼ hours. However, my circuitous route through Ridgway ended up being a 525-mile drive and took 48 hours. The scenery was spectacular.

Leaving after work on Thursday, I headed to the south end of County Road 7, southwest of Ridgway. I had little time to take images before the sun disappeared behind the ridge.

The low angle of the sun, before it disappeared behind the ridge, added to the nice light on the Aspen trees.

I found a place along the road and pitched my tent for the night. It was a “cozy” 24° when I woke the next morning. After photographing the Mt Sneffels area all morning, I headed north and east towards Chimney Rock and Silver Jack Reservoir. While the scenery was beautiful, the mid-day light was harsh; not the best for photography. I made it as far as Gunnison that night. The next morning, I headed up Ohio Pass on route 730, photographing the Castle Mountains along the way.

It isn’t difficult to figure out how the Castle Mountains were named when you look at the ridgeline.

I wound my way to Denver, spent two nights with cousins, and then made the return trip in one day. And no, I did not take I-70 (at least not very far). I had planned to be back to my apartment shortly after dark but I was distracted by the beautiful fall colors between Crested Butte and Paonia.

The trees in the Kebler Pass area were blazing. The reddish-orange leafed trees in the upper center are also Aspen trees.

Every time I rounded a curve in the road, I was treated to another spectacular view. I stopped dozens of times.

This was one of my last stops before I packed up my gear.

Finally, I just stowed my gear in the back seat and headed for my apartment. Needless to say, it was well after dark before I arrived. It was a great weekend, from beginning to end.

7 thoughts on “Colorado Fall Colors Revisited”

  1. The following is said in Jest… Gee, you sure missed a lot of good television and I-phone time, just to look at Nature in its finest…

    Keep up the Great adventures, I love the Western slopes…

    Myron Johnson

    1. Myron, I love your comment. I actually disconnected my cable tv in 2019 when I worked in California for 6 months. Upon moving back, I never did get it reconnected. Nature is so much more entertaining for me.

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