In further pursuit of ultimate fall colors photos in southwest Colorado, I dropped down the mountain from Lizard Head Pass to Telluride, the tony but awesome ski town that started as a mining district.
A great place to go for scenery, that doesn’t have much traffic, is the airport road.
It takes you up above the San Miguel River valley, and if you go a bit further, onto Last Dollar Road.
The land on both sides of the road is privately owned, except for a National Forest trailhead. So just stay on the public road right-of-way and you won’t get shot at.
Finally the private land ended and the Uncompahgre National Forest land began. Along with a travel warning sign that said something like: “Muddy road very slippery, Four Wheel Drive and good tires only”. Thus a good time for me to turn around.
So I went into Telluride town itself. Still some brilliant yellow fall colors to the street trees, with their leaves coming down fast.
On the way into town was the best Halloween display ever. I might never see pumpkins in the same way again.
Then back out of town, down the beautiful San Miguel River, a real trout fishing stream. The cottonwood trees along the river were at peak color.
I also became enthralled with the moss growing on the stream banks, the soft dark green with the fallen bright yellow cottonwood leaves.
And some dogwood shrubs near the river bank, with their red leaves. Especially with the dark green of the conifer trees for a background.
Photo location: San Miguel County, southwest Colorado.
As always, click on any image above for a much larger version.
Next: October around Ridgway, Colorado. The last day before the snows descended from the high summits.
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