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Mancos Valley From 7875ft.

Mancos Valley From 7875ft

 

The road to Mesa Verde National Park leaves the valley floor near Mancos, Colorado and just goes up. There is a view point just before the highway turns inland towards the mesa top. This is part of what you can see from the viewpoint. Like the title says, we are at 7875’ elevation. The near ridge on the right is about 3 miles away and the snow capped peaks on the left are twenty miles distant. The air was cold and the wind brisk but invigorating. A great way to start a visit to another fantastic National Park.

In the best light…


West Fork Little Soda Canyon Before Dawn

West Fork Little Soda Canyon Before Dawn

 

Not being a morning person, you know that when I get up on my own and am out shooting before the sun comes up, there is something special going on. Mesa Verde National Park is an amazing place! I was incredibly well rested, sleeping at over 8000 ft. elevation. The Far View Lodge is very comfortable, but don’t expect things like TV to disrupt your stay. As it was, it was dark by the time we returned to the room after dinner, and little to do but sleep. After I slipped quietly from the room, it was like I had the whole park to myself. Far View does live up to it’s name. It is nearly fifty mile to the distant ridge on the horizon at the right. In the nearer distance, the scrub oaks and other shrubs are starting to turn to their fall foliage.

In the best light…


Mancos Valley Autumn

Mancos Valley Autumn

 

Down in the Southwest corner of Colorado lies the Mancos Valley. It is situated between Durango and Cortez, near Mesa Verde National Park (our destination this day). This hillside which would be green in the spring and summer, was resplendent in the warm colours of fall.

In the best light…