Cimmaron Range

There is a scenic route along the way from Crested Butte to Ridgway, Colorado via Owl Creek Pass which takes you through the Uncompahgre National Forest.  If you have the time, especially during the fall color season it’s worth the extra time to make the drive.  There is just scene after scene of amazing landscapes. One of the mountain ranges is the Cimmaron Range.  It’s almost appears to be a seamless range connecting with the Sneffels Range leading into Ouray County, the area know as the Swiss Alps of Colorado. This image here was captured as storm clouds were rolling in threatening an afternoon rain storm.

I wanted to take this time to let you all know that photographer Ryan Wright and I have started a photo tour company and we’ll be conducting tours next year here in Colorado. Our tour company is called appropriately Colorado Photo Tours and you can get to the site via the side banner logo on the right.

In the summer tour we will be taking you to The Great Sand Dunes National Park, one of the unique hidden gems of the Colorado.  There is not a more diverse ecosystem in Colorado from the majestic 14,000ft. peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains to the east down to the rolling sand dunes within a couple of miles.

Our Fall Tour will take you to the scenic southwest when the aspens are changing colors.  Our tour will take you to this same area pictured, the San Juan Mountains and West Elk Mountains.  We’ll take you to some amazing scenery starting in Telluride, Colorado and visiting places like Wilson Mesa, Mystic Falls, Lizard Head Pass, and Last Dollar Road. You can see some of the most amazing peaks along with the most beautiful ranch land and also scenery filmed in John Wayne’s True Grit near Ridgway, Colorado.  Finally we will end up in the West Elk Mountains for Kebler and Ohio Pass near Crested Butte, Colorado.

The tours are a just $500 for a four day tour*.  These tours we will be out shooting from sunrise to sundown.  With the exception of some lunchtime and afternoon breaks we’ll be out shooting the fabulous Colorado scenery. If that hasn’t worn you out we’ll even take you out at night to see the amazing stars and possibly the milky way or a full moon.

These are tours not workshops where you area stuck in a classroom at a hotel. It doesn’t mean Ryan and I don’t like to share our knowledge of landscapes, we just want you to get your money’s worth and see the Colorado scenery. Anytime you have a question we would be more than happy to share and teach you what we know. We want you to go back home with beautiful images and if we can get you in front of many beautiful things there is an extreme likelihood you’ll go home with some amazing images.

Hopefully we’ll see you out here in Colorado next year, the state we grew up in and love so dearly. It is Ryan and I’s passion to capture the beautiful scenery of this state. Hopefully you can join us and understand why we love Colorado so much.

Cimmaron Range in the Uncompahgre National Forest.  I took this on a scouting tour this year.  If you would like to see scenery like this next fall send me an email or visit my website photo tour website: for information about my Fall 2013 Photo Tour to the San Juans and West Elk Mountains.
Cimmaron Range – Click to Enlarge

*Tour cost do not include airfare, lodging or food expense. Contact us for recommended travel arrangements.

  • Terrific image Rick. Great colors. Good luck with the tours. I just may have to check my calendar to see if the dates work.

    • Hope you can make it out to Colorado, Len. I’d love to meet you.

  • Nice image Rick. Love the Aspens!

  • Love the crop Rick and those golden trees against those rocky mountains! Awesome!

  • DUDE, if I could get together $500 now I would so sign up for the Great Sand Dunes tour. I love CO and so want to do this!! I wish you two luck with the new business, and lots of fun with it to boot.

    • Thanks. Would love to see you out here!

  • Sweet image Rick! Congrats on the new business adventure. I might have to join you for a tour next season. It’d be nice to finally meet you after living in the same city for the past 9 months, haha!

    • Thanks. Would love to have you on the tour. Jim Nix is in town next Wednesday if you want to join Jim, Justin Balog and I on a photo walk downtown. Send me an email.

  • Beautiful image, Rick. I like your sky tonality. Very nicely done. Wish I could join one of your tours but it’s a little too far for me. 🙂

  • Very attractive symmetry to this, Rick.

  • Great image Rick. That’s so exciting about the Photo Tours. Good Luck and I am hoping to join you one day. I’d love to shoot in Colorado.

    • Thanks, Edith. It would be great to have you out to Colorado!