Colorado Fall Foliage 2012
All Photographs © Brian & Nancy Morganti
CR5 - Mt. Sneffels Valley
Red Mountain Pass - Million Dollar Highway
October 3, 2012 - Day 6 - Final
County Road 5 south of Ridgeway is another lightly traveled back road that offers spectacular vistas of the Mt. Sneffels range, which are particular stunning when illuminated by the morning sunlight. In addition to the fabulous sweeping vistas found along CR5, there are numerous lead-in views that offer the photographer a seemingly endless possibility for capturing intimate scenes thru the Aspen forests. Continuing south from Ridgeway along Highway 550 another must see destination is the 11,008' Red Mountain Pass. The colorful Red Mountain stands out in stark contrast above the golden yellow Aspens and dark green conifer forests found below. Highway 550, also known as the "Million Dollar Highway", then continues south to the town of Durango yielding beautiful scenery all the way!
Panoramic View of Mt. Sneffels and the San Juan's Looking Southwest from CR5.
Sweeping Valley View of Scrub Oaks, Aspens, and Conifers.
Panoramic Vista Looking South towards Mt. Sneffels from CR5.
Beautiful Valley Scene below Majestic Mt. Sneffels from CR5.
Morning Light on Aspens and Mt. Sneffels from along CR5.
Quiet Valley and Backlit Aspens below CR5 and the Sneffels Range.
Red Scrub Oak Patch and Aspens show their Colors in the Morning Sun.
Mountain View through the Aspens along CR5.
Morning Aspen Glow - CR5.
Mountain Shadows and Bright Aspens - CR5.
Pastel View and Soft Colors from CR5.
Painted Aspens and Mt. Sneffels View along beautiful CR5.
Aspen Framed Mt. Sneffels and Quiet CR5.
Alluring CR5 and Aspen View in the Morning Sun.
The Golden Corral along CR5.
Glorious Aspen View from CR5.
Pastel View of Red Mountain Pass and Conifer Forest.
Brilliant Gold and Red Mountain.
Contrasting View of Red Mountain Pass & Golden Aspens from Highway 550.
Nancy's Red Mountain Pass Vista.
Painted Red Mountain rising above the Aspen and Conifer forests.
Nostalgic Old Mine - Red Mountain Pass, CO.
Colorful Cliff View from the "Million Dollar Highway" north of Durango, CO.
Shades of Color - Towering Cliffs rise above Highway 550 north of Durango, CO.
Cloudscape 1 - Alamosa, CO.
Cloudscape 2 - Alamosa, CO.
Cloudscape 3 - Alamosa, CO.
Cloudscape 4 - Alamosa, CO.
Cloudscape 5 - Alamosa, CO.
Cloudscape & Funnel - Alamosa, CO.