Sunday, October 18, 2015
For most of the day we had an overcast sky with the occasional light rain shower here in the Grand Valley, but as it got later in the afternoon the clouds started to break up a bit and the chances of a nice sunset were looking good. I decided to head out with my camera and take a drive through the Colorado National Monument on Rim Rock Drive so I could take a few photos from the overlooks until sunset. The late afternoon light breaking through the clouds turned out to be pretty nice at times. When I reached the Book Cliffs View near the Visitor’s Center and campground I decided to finally climb to the summit of Saddlehorn (5,770) nearby. It was a short and easy climb, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and am happy that I can finally cross it off my list. Here are a few photos from my evening along Rim Rock Drive.
Nice light on the landscape beyond the Devil’s Kitchen.
Spotted light on the landscape with the Grand Mesa in the background.
A different view over No Thoroughfare Canyon and Devil’s Kitchen.
Light on the sandstone wall of Red Canyon.
The typical view down Red Canyon over Grand Junction to Mount Garfield.
Nice clouds from the Fallen Rock Overlook in upper Ute Canyon. You can see the Ute Canyon Trail switchbacks on the slope to the right if you look closely.
Evening light on Monument Mesa.
Upper Monument Canyon from Artist’s Point.
A great view across the Grand Valley to the Book Cliffs.
The view from the top of Saddlehorn looking towards the Grand Mesa.
A little post-sunset glow on the sandstone monoliths below as I left the Monument.