Fall in Central Colorado (Part 2)


Last time I got you all primed to hear about my adventure through central Colorado with my day and my wife. We started off in Carbondale, made our way across CR-12 to Crested Butte and ended that night overlooking Mt. Sneffels from the Dallas Divide in Ridgway. If you missed part one, check it out HERE and then come back and check out part two.

Sunrise for day two was scheduled for Crystal Lake in the San Juan National Forest. Waking up early is just a part of being a landscape photographer. So when sunrise is at 7 and your fearless leader (me) decides you need to be there an hour before sunrise, an early morning is what you get. Alarms were set for 5 a.m and the three of us were loaded and on the road by 5:30. We got there, scouted locations and finally settled on one just in time to capture the reflection of Red Mountain and the rest of the surrounding landscape.

Crystal Lake and Red Mountain, San Juan National Forest

Crystal Lake with Red Mountain in the distance

Crystal Lake and Red Mountain, San Juan National Forest

After breakfast, we set back out on the road. I had read about something called Lost Dollar Road. It winds 25 miles through the forest and is just breathtaking. We set out with Telluride in our sites and all afternoon to explore.

Last Dollar Road, San Juan National Foest

Last Dollar Road, San Juan National Foest

Wilson Peak from Last Dollar Road, San Juan National Foest

An afternoon downpour in front of Wilson Peak

Last Dollar Road, San Juan National Foest

Fun Fact: Wilson Peak is the mountain on the label for Coors Beer

The hardest decision we had to make all day was where to go for sunset. We had two options, Country Road 5 or Country Road 7. Both provide spectacular views so how do you decide? The conversation went something like this.

"Where should we go for sunset, we have two options."

"Why don't we just go to one for sunset and the other for sunrise tomorrow."

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