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Quick Trip to SW Colorado

I had a book signing at Maria's Bookshop in Durango Tuesday night so left Steamboat at 9 am for the 6-7 hour drive. The cottonwoods along the way were absolutely radiant with fall color but I had places to go and couldn't take the time to stop and photograph. By the time I got to Ridgway though, I just had to take a quick side trip to check out Dallas Divide and much to my surprise, there was still some good color left. Then on to Maria's for a presentation and book signing set up by Libby Cowles (thanks!). Next morning it was off to Mesa Verde (never been there, but since I was in the territory) but along the way the colors in LaPlata Canyon were incredible so I made a quick jaunt up the road there. Mesa Verde was uncrowded but I was battling harsh light until later in the afternoon. Still, I got a few acceptable photographs of the ruins. Then on to Cortez to meet good friend and fellow photographer John Mumaw for dinner. Yesterday, I headed home by driving the west side of Colorado through Dolores and Unaweep Canyons back to Grand Junction, up north to Rangely and then on Hwy. 40 back to Steamboat. A little over 1,000 miles in three days and a number of stops for the photographs you see here, so it was worth it!

Along the San Miguel River

Cliff Palace Ladders

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde

Cottonwoods by LaPlata Canyon

Dallas Divide October 19

Dolores River Cottonwood

Flume Remnants on the Dolores River

Ranch at Sneffels Range

Square Tower House

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