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Fall Colors on the Grand Mesa

After Work Adventures | Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Hard to believe, but I recently realized that it’s been five years since I last headed up onto the Grand Mesa to check out the Fall Colors, which was something I used to do almost every year at the end of September. With that in mind, even though I knew the autumn colors seemed to be running a bit behind this year, I decided to head up onto the Grand Mesa after work today for a short evening visit since it would be my only opportunity this week. Unfortunately, there was also a prescribed burn happening on the Uncompahgre Plateau near Gateway today, so there was a lot of smoke in the air and conditions weren’t ideal for photography, but here are a few of the photos I took this evening.

Welcome to the Grand Mesa National Forest

Grand Mesa National Forest Sign

Tree Tops

Mesaside Colors

Colorful Hill

The colors seemed to be the best between Mesa Lakes and Skyway Point, but I am guessing they will be even better over this upcoming weekend.

Chalk Mountain

Rolling Colors

Water Dog Reservoir

Out for a scenic autumn drive.

Autumn Drive

Forest for the Trees

Colors & Cliffs

Colors & Cliffs

Grand Mesa Trees

The light was a little weird shortly before sunset with all the smoke in the air. I think I actually prefer the colors of this scene taken earlier in the evening. What do you think?

Skyway Point View

Skyway Point Overlook

Green & Gold

Green & Gold

Fall Chaos

Fall Chaos

Smoky Sunset at Jumbo Reservoir

Smoky Sunset at Jumbo Reservoir

>> Fall Colors on the Grand Mesa Photo Gallery

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