Sunday, October 30, 2016

Autumn in Colorado: Part I

We went on an old-fashioned road trip to see the fall bounty of Colorado. We set off southwest of Denver, with our final destination being Crested Butte, an old mining town full of hippies, ski bums and blue-collar workers from its mining past. We took Cottonwood Pass while it was still open, and jumped off from Crested Butte the next morning to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

It was sunny, it was windy, it was snowy, and it was rainy. Covered all the Colorado fall weather in one trip.

Views from Cottonwood Pass just beyond Buena Vista:

Then we took off for Black Canyon of the Gunnison - amazing scenic drive along the way. These first few photos are of Curecanti National Recreation Area, which you drive through to get to the national park (so, different canyon to start).

We crossed the dam to begin our drive:

About here is where the snow really started flying - it was beautiful:

Then we finally made it to the Black Canyon! For a national park, there were hardly any people there. It's in the absolute middle of nowhere, many, many driving hours from Denver, no cell phone service, and I suspect that's why it's one of the least visited parks in the federal system.

It. Was. So. Deep. And. Narrow. Photos don't do it justice. We were so close to the edge, and it was humbling.

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