I took this photo in the fall of 2014 at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Because of the lack of rain this past several weeks, forecasters are saying that fall colors this year will not be as colorful and bright, and will not last very long.
Today we reversed our route and went from Montrose, CO to Cortez, CO in preparation for a visit to Mesa Verde National Park. What should have taken less than 3 hours became a more than 5 hours drive as we kept stopping to marvel at the fall colors and take pictures along Highways 550 and 145.
Trout Lake at 9,802 ft elevation, about 15 miles from Telluride, CO.
Historical footnote: Trout Lake is a natural lake that was dammed in the late 19th century to provide additional water for the Ames Hydro Electric Power plant near Ophir, CO. It became part of the AC/DC war between Thomas Edison, an advocate of DC current, who lost to George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla who were AC current promoters. Today we all use AC electricity.
We left Holbrook, AZ to go to Montrose, CO for a planned visit to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. I drove over 400 miles, with a detour to the Four Corners Monument where the borders of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet. Not much to see there.
Here’s one family posing for a photograph, with each person seated in one state.
The drive got really serious in Colorado between Cortez and Montrose, with many hairpin turns and a steady climb up the mountains. Fortunately aspens were at their height of fall colors and I stopped a couple times so that we can take pictures.