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Photographing the Fall Colors

Monday • August 27, 2012

That time is approaching when the leaves on the aspen trees glow a golden yellow and the mountainsides are adorned with patches of autumn colors amidst brilliant greens. The autumn season in Telluride, Colorado is truly stunning but short lived. The trees here turn for only a week or two so be sure not to miss it this September. We've created a list of the top five places to photograph fall foliage. If this is of interest, consider attending the "Autumn Landscape Photography" workshop at the Ah Haa School for the Arts.  Renowned photographer Ms. Barbree is returning to Telluride September 28-30 to teach the intensive session. 

  1. Last Dollar Road During the fall, this dirt road is a photographer’s dream. It connects Ridgeway to Telluride and brings you high up above treeline where you have beautiful views of Mt. Wilson and the Telluride Valley.  You’ll also see old wooden structures, open spaces, and lots of golden aspen leaves. 
  2. Dallas Divide This high mountain pass is a saddle between the San Juan Mountains in the Ridgeway area and the Uncompahgre Plateau to the north. This is a very scenic road with views of towering Mount Sneffels and fantastic autumn colors! 
  3. Sneffels Highline A beautiful 13 mile loop hike through the Mt. Sneffels Wilderness. Tons of aspen groves. Accessible from the Jud Wiebe trailhead at the top of N. Aspen Street.
  4. The GondolaThe Telluride Free Gondola brings you from the town of Telluride to Mountain Village and the views of the box canyon are priceless! 
  5. HWY 145 to Trout Lake photo by Elizabeth Carmel. One of the most scenic and easily accessible lakes in the area. The 25 minute drive there has fantastic views of the Wilsons and the surrounding wilderness area that is full of vegetation and foliage.