Fall Colors 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
I left work on Friday and headed south to the San Juan Mountains near Ridgway to start my annual week-long October trip. Normally, I spend this week in the desert of southern Utah and northern Arizona, but this year I decided to spend the first weekend chasing fall colors in the San Juan Mountains since the colors were a little late this year. After a quick dinner stop in Montrose I was soon driving up Owl Creek Pass as a winter storm moved through the area. Many of the aspen trees still seemed to be pretty green for this time of the year, but with the fresh snow on the ground and tress, low clouds above and colorful oaks, there were plenty of beautiful fall scenes.
Brief spotlight on the ridge.
I just love the fresh snow on the trees with a little splash of green and golds.
A closer look.
Here’s a few photos of the amazing colors as snow started to fall around me.
On the way up to the pass I found a nice grove of aspen trees.
My Jeep in a snowstorm as I got closer to the pass.
As I reached Owl Creek Pass the snow was coming down pretty good. I went a little beyond the pass and then turned around since it was starting to get dark out and I needed to find somewhere to camp for the night.
One last photo of the colors at sunset.
I ended up setting up camp in the snow near Vista Point and slept pretty well in my 0 degree down sleeping bag. I had only left work a few hours ago and already the trip was going well!