Leaving tomorrow for snowy Colorado

6 Oct

Tomorrow marks the start of my second annual visit to Colorado for autumn foliage. Last year, we visited the week earlier, stayed in lovely town of  Telluride,  and the timing was perfect for color. The weather was generally cooperative with a few minor afternoon storms and some overnight snows coating the high peaks of the San Juan Mountains.

This year appears a totally different story.  As I write this, a massive storm is pounding much of the state with up to a foot of snow.  It’s effects can be felt all the way to Phoenix, where temperatures have significantly dropped and the winds have picked up big time. Originally, the plan was to camp most nights and stay in a hotel to get a good night’s rest and get cleaned up before we return home, that’s now changed.

This year, we designated Ouray as our base camp. For those of you not familiar with the area, Ouray is the northern most town located on the San Juan Scenic Loop and is about an hour drive from Telluride and probably closer to two hours from Durango.  Getting there could be the biggest problem as the mountain passes are snowy, wet, and treacherous. By the time we reach the area tomorrow the worst of the storm should have passed, but forecasts are calling for lingering snow showers possibly as late as Sunday.

Driving the region’s back country roads can sometimes be a daunting task, but when wet and muddy obviously it can get extremely dangerous. There’s also the possibility the high winds would eradicate what’s left of the region’s foliage, which could significantly decrease photo opportunities.  The storm also brings plenty of promise as well. The mountains will look incredible and snow-covered foliage is a wonderous sight.  The weather should improve over our last couple of days in the region and conditions could be optimum for landscape photography.  It’s hard to tell what this trip will bring, my primary goal is to make it home safely, hopefully will a handful of really good photographs to share with you.

6 Responses to “Leaving tomorrow for snowy Colorado”

  1. Maggie L R October 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    We were in that area earlier this year, such a beautiful place, keep safe on the roads, I look forward to your snowy pictures.

  2. KatiesCameraBlog October 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    Be safe, as you said, those roads can be dangerous when the weather isn’t so good. The Ouray area is stunning. I’d think the leaves would have all changed by now, unfortunately. I’m in New Mexico, and it’s turning really cold here too. You’ll have a great time and do please share the photos! Have fun! And come back safely!

    • wildmoments October 7, 2011 at 2:31 am #

      Thank you so much Katie. I hope there are some leaves to share with you!

  3. Colorado Attractions November 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    I am so glad that you visit Colorado to see the autumn colors, Colorado has a lot of beautiful scenerey when it comes to fall colors. I sure hope you enjoy your many trips to come!

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