Countdown to Colorado Fall Color Photography

September 19, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

We've been getting chilly nights here at 7200 feet in Colorado.  Although the temps have not hit freezing yet, I'm covering my garden veggies at night.  Silverton's temperature hit 35 degrees last night, so I begin my Fall Color Countdown.  Usually 10 days from the first freeze we start to see our Aspen copse change color in a rolling wave.  One of the first locations that proves that Aspen can be golden, coral, pink and green at the same time is Shrine Road outside of Silverton.  The La Plata Mountains outside of Durango is a great location for "road" scenes surrounded by aspen too. Stay tuned for more reports.  The photos in this blog are from a few years ago. 

Photography is so much fun and living in SW Colorado is filled with about a month of capturing our landscape with it's autumn dress.  I usually begin photographing in and around Silverton and Red Mountain, and then make my way south to Lime Creek, 550 views and later in the season head west to the roads outside of Mancos.  After that, UTAH!

Colorado Fall Aspens in full bloom!Colorado Fall Aspens in full bloom!Just south of Durango Mountain Resort on 550 is a terrific view of "Spud" and the Needles Mountains. The foreground tree is now on the ground, but the rest of the scene is a mix of Aspen, Spruce and Fir. Pigeon and Turret Peaks, Autumn along the Alpine Loop.Pigeon and Turret Peaks, Autumn along the Alpine Loop.About 20 miles north of Durango on Hwy 550 is this wonderful early fall scene.


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