Most years, the aspen on the north side of the Sneffels Range are at peak color by the last week in September. This year proved to be an exception, and although the trees around Red Mountain were at peak (see my previous post), most of the trees around Ridgway were still green during my visit. Despite that, I still enjoyed exploring the mining roads in the area, as this was my first visit in a four wheel drive vehicle that allowed me to go further up into the mountains than during my previous trips. The spot above is on Co road 7, which is accessed off of CO Highway 62.
This is the view of the Sneffels Range from beside the visitors center at Ridgway State Park, which was where I camped in the back of my pickup during most of my trip. The good facilities there, especially the electric hookups, were greatly appreciated on nights when the temperature dropped well below freezing, and there was heavy frost. A combination of sleeping bags, electric blanket, and small electric heater kept me warm under my camper shell on those cold nights.
Rocky Mountain Sunset