Category Archives: Uncompahgre National Forest

County Road 9

One of the most beautiful roads in the Uncompahgre Wilderness during the fall is the West Dallas Creek Road, or County Road 9. There is an amazing view of Sneffels Mountain Range towering over the West Fork of the Dallas Creek, colorful scrub oak and the surrounding valley full of large groves of aspens. It’s one of the highlights of my Fall Tour and I look forward to seeing this area every year.

West Dallas Creek Road

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Cimmaron Ridge

This year’s Fall Colors Tour took started out along the Cimmaron Road heading up over Owl Creek Pass in to Ridgway, Colorado.  I was a little surprised by how green the valley still was this time of year, but you never can predict what Mother Nature will give you. There were still some nice patches of color as in this image in front of the Cimmaron Ridge. The area is magnificent and you can understand why they filmed John Wayne’s True Grit in this area.

It’s still bitterly cold here in Colorado.  Hopefully you are staying warm.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Fall view of the Cimmaron Ridge in the Uncompahgre National Forest near Ridgway, Colorado

Fall view of the Cimmaron Ridge | Click to View Large/Purchase

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West Dallas Creek Road

West Dallas Creek Road is one of my favorite places to venture when I’m down in the Telluride area of Colorado. It just exemplifies why I love the Uncompahgre National Forest. Beautiful flowing scenery leading up to same amazing majestic mountains. I can’t wait to show this off again in two weeks on my Fall Colors Tour when the hillside is filled with the gold of the aspens and oranges and reds from the brush oak. It’s just one of the amazing scenes where you just want to pull out a rocking chair and soak in the beauty for a few hours.

A scene along the West Dallas Creek Road in the Uncomahgre National Forest near Telluride, Colorado with the Sneffels Mountain Range in the distance.

West Dallas Creek Road | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Canopy of Aspens

Most of the aspen leaves have fallen here in Colorado and it’s slowly turning into the bareness of winter. I was really missing the fall colors so I found this image that was taken along Owl Creek Pass in the Uncompahgre National Forest near Ridgway, Colorado. It’s  a canopy of aspens just shading the blue sky above. It was such an amazing site and one of those scenes where you can just stare for hours.  How are the fall colors in your part of the country?  Are you missing the fall colors?

Canopy of Aspens

Canopy of Aspens – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

Come see scenes such as this on in my 2014 Fall Tour which will take you over Owl Creek Pass and other amazing scenes. I would love to show you the Colorful Colorado I know and love!

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Colorado Fall Colors

Some of the most beautiful scenery is along West Dallas Creek Road.  Along the side of the hill overlooking the Sneffel’s Meadow was a large stand of aspens just starting to peak in color and surround by scrub oak in shades of orange and red.  Such a beautiful sight to behold. I used my zoom lens to capture this from a distance and to create some isolation and compression.  Hopefully I did the hillside justice.

Don’t forget my 2014 Colorado Fall Colors Photography Tour will visit West Dallas Creek Road near Telluride. It’s just one of the many locations on my Fall Photography Tour.  I hope you can join me.

The Colors of West Dallas Creek Road

The Colors of West Dallas Creek Road – Click to Enlarge!

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Wilson Peak Sunset

The fall colors here in Colorado are a week to two weeks behind this year, but the scenery in southwest Colorado was still spectacular. The first stop was Telluride, Colorado. I think it’s become one of my favorite places to visit in Colorado and wouldn’t mind making it my home one day. Telluride was once a silver mining camp along the San Miguel River in the San Juan Mountains. Once gold was discovered in mountains above Telluride the community was formed. Telluride sits in a box canyon surround by steep mountain sides with Bridal Veil Falls at the back of the canyon (which we I’ll show you on a future blog post). Today it’s a ski town. It still has a rural old-time feel to the town with Victorian homes and rustic buildings.

The first evening we ventured up Last Dollar Road which runs just outside of town on the way to the local airport. Last Dollar Road is a 4×4 trail leading from Telluride to Ridgway leading you past historic ranches and some of the most breath-taking scenery, especially during the fall season. Venturing up the trail as the sun was starting to set, we hurried up to the top of the road so we could get a view of Wilson Peak and look down on the valley as the sun was setting giving some amazing contrast and light against the aspens and grasslands.

You may recognize Wilson Peak. It’s the mountain image that is on all the Coors Beer bottle and cans. It’s also used as a backdrop for many of the Jeep commercials.

Just as we parked the vehicle to capture the oncoming sunset the winds picked up as the storm clouds rolled in over the valley. It must have been 45 mph winds. Lee Brown and I ventured down the hillside in hoping that as the sun ventured lower in the sky it would peak under the storm clouds rolling past. Lee and I braced ourselves against the cold wind with ski caps and gloves on as the sunset lower in the sky.

Look at this image I captured and you see a beautiful serene scene. I should have captured an image of Lee and I shivering along the hillside trying to work the camera to capture the image. It was well worth the cold wind. Thank goodness for sturdy Really Right Stuff Tripods.  Definitely worth the money on this evening.

Wilson Peak Sunset

Wilson Peak Sunset – Click to View this in Full Glory!

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