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
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  • chrisnitz

    I want to go back!

  • ljsaltiel

    THat is one great scene Rick. I have been to Telluride once and that was before I got back into photography. Colorado is calling me…

  • Toad Hollow Photo

    Absolutely terrific, Rick, just wonderful my friend!