Friday, October 9, 2020

Video: Autumn Color in Southwestern Colorado

This video is in 4K UHD. I recommend you watch it full-screen. [Note: the Safari browser will only play video in HD, so if you have a 4K screen I recommend Firefox or another browser.]

Beautiful views of colorful aspen and oaks covering the mountainsides and valleys of southwestern Colorado. Locations listed below. The images were captured during my trip of September 30th through October 3rd, 2019, in the San Juan, Gunnison, and Rio Grande National Forests of Colorado.

Timeline and locations:
0:00 Intro; Minnie Gulch - FS-24, off FS-2, east of Silverton
0:29 Bristol Head & North Clear Creek - CO-149 and FS-510
1:40 North Clear Creek Falls - FS-510 off CO-149
2:32 Weminuche Overlook - CO-149, the Silver Thread Scenic Byway
3:05 Lake San Cristobal - Cinnamon Pass Rd (30) south of Lake City
3:15 Cinnamon Pass Road - County Rd 30
3:35 South Mineral Creek - FS-585 west of Silverton
5:16 Ragged Mountain - near west end of Kebler Pass Road, County Rd 12 west of Crested Butte
5:30 Marcellina Mountain - Kebler Pass Road
6:03 Lost Lake - FS-706 off Kebler Pass Road
6:13 Beckwith Mountain - Kebler Pass Road
6:34 Ruby Mountain - Kebler Pass Road
6:54 Snodgrass Mountain - FS-317 north of Crested Butte
6:59 Sawatch Range - FS-472 north of Taylor Park
7:13 Spring Creek Reservoir - FS-744 north of Almont

Additional information on all areas is available on my Backroads Travel Blog for this trip.

The easiest way to find any specific posts is either to use the Blog Map Page, in the header above, or the index of Topics and Locations in the right-hand column of each post.

Aerial video was taken using a DJI Mavic 2 Pro.
Editing assistance by Acme Enterprises.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Video: Dolores Canyon, Colorado

This video is in 4K UHD. I recommend you watch it full-screen. [Note: the Safari browser will only play video in HD, so if you have a 4K screen I recommend Firefox or another browser.]

The Dolores River originates high in the San Juan Mountains. It flows south until it reaches the town of Dolores, Colorado. There it pauses for a while in McPhee Reservoir. It then turns northerly until it ultimately joins the Colorado River above Arches National Park.

Dolores Canyon is considered that stretch of the Dolores River downstream of the reservoir. Initially the canyon is wide and tame. But as you go farther the walls close in. The section featured in this video is accessed via county roads east of the town of Dove Creek. When there is enough flow, this stretch is popular with rafters.

The first two "scenes" were photographed from the Dolores Canyon Overlook on the rim. The rest were from the canyon floor.

The gravel road from the top continues past a day-use, river access to a secluded BLM campground. Downstream from there a high-clearance vehicle is recommended. There are a number of sites for dispersed camping along the river road.

You can find more information in my blog:

Video was taken using a DJI Mavic 2 Pro on June 3 and 4, 2019.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Video: Historic Mining Structures of SW Colorado

The video was published in 4K UHD, so I recommend watching on the YouTube site (after you click the play arrow, click "YouTube" at the bottom of the player, or click the full-screen icon.

Give it a thumbs-up if you like it and/or leave a comment on YouTube (or here, but it's harder for me to reply to comments here than on YouTube.) Thanks.

The San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado are home to many historic mines. From the late 1800s until today this area has been a prime area for mining silver, gold, and other metals. This video shows just a few of the remanent structures to be found in this area. 

Video was taken in 2019 summer and fall; a few stills were taken in prior years. Aerial video taken using a Mavic 2 Pro.