Trip Reports: Colorado Fall Colors - September 2012

Photos of aspens and autumn color, mostly in the San Juan Mountains.  This fall was a very colorful one, with the aspens showing off much oranger and redder colors than usual.

McClure Pass, Colorado, Marble, aspens, sunset, September, photo

McClure Aspenglow

Rich sunset light filters through the aspens on McClure Pass, near Marble, Colorado - September

Aspens, Red Mountain Pass, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, September, photo

Orange Aspens

Brilliant orange aspens above Red Mountain Pass near Ouray, Colorado - September.

Dolores Peak, Telluride, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, aspens, September, Fall Creek, photo

Fall Creek Sunrise

A stormy sunrise above Dolores Peak and the vast aspen groves of the Fall Creek valley near Telluride, Colorado - September.

Aspen, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

The Aspen

An aspen with a view of many more aspens.

Aspens, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, red, september, photo

Neon Red Aspens

A rare grove of brilliant red aspens in the San Juans - September.

aspen leaf, red, raindrops, photo

Red Aspen Raindrop

A close up shot of raindrops on a red and yellow aspen leaf.

Wilson Peak, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, fourteener, autumn, aspens, Telluride, photo

Wilson Peak Autumn

Brilliant aspens and view of Wilson Peak, the famous fourteener near Telluride, after the first snows of autumn.

Aspens, fog, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, september, photo

Aspen in the Fog

Aspen forest in the fog - September.

Aspens, leaves, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, September, fog, photo

Foggy Aspen Closeup

Aspen leaves in the rain and fog - September.

Wilson Mesa, Wilson Peak, autumn, Last Dollar Road, September, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Wilson Peak Breaking Storm

Clouds lift off of Wilson Mesa and Wilson Peak after an afternoon autumn storm, as seen from Last Dollar Road - September.

Wilson Peak, San Miguel Range, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, Last Dollar Road, September, photo

Last Dollar Sunset

Wilson Peak and the San Miguel Range, as seen from Last Dollar Road - September.

Wilson Peak, Wilson Mesa, aspens, Last Dollar Mountain, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, September, autumn, San Miguel Range, photo

Last Dollar Morning

A sweeping view of Wilson Peak and Wilson Mesa and its many aspen groves, as seen from Last Dollar Mountain - September.

Cimarrons, Ridgway, Pleasant Valley, Sneffels Range, Chimney Rock, Courthouse Mountain, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, sunset, panorama, photo

Cimarron Sunset Panorama

The Cimarrons lit up by a spectacular sunset over Ridgway and Pleasant Valley, with the Sneffels Range in the background.  Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain are the prominent peaks near the center.  The West Fork Cimarron valley is at left. 

(I scouted out and photographed this vantage point in September 2012; since then this has become an iconic and often-photographed perspective, which is why I feel obliged to mention that my photos here are the first and originals!)

Chimney Rock, Courthouse Mountain, Cimarrons, Ridgway, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, sunset, photo

Chimney Rock Sunset

Sunset light on Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain in the Cimarron Range near Ridgway, Colorado.

(I scouted out and photographed this vantage point in September 2012; since then this has become an iconic and often-photographed perspective, which is why I feel obliged to mention that my photos here are the first and originals!)

Posted in Colorado and tagged Colorado, San Juan Mountains.

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