Two Days in Hinsdale County, Colorado

August 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

What can you see around Lake City, Colorado if you've only got 48 hours?  Answers below with a photo journey through one of America's most remote counties, Hinsdale County, Colorado!

All photos taken over two days in early September, 2016.

North Clear Creek FallsNorth Clear Creek Falls North Clear Creek FallsNorth Clear Creek FallsSummer

North Clear Creek Falls, and some probable storm clouds coming in. Autumnal UncompahgreAutumnal Uncompahgre

The aforementioned storm clouds and a very Autumnal Uncompahgre Peak.  Summer in the San JuansSummer in the San JuansTypical day summer day in the San Juan Mountains.
Right to left, Crystal, Uncompahgre, Matterhorn, Wetterhorn, Broken Hill, Red Mountain, Grassy Mountain, and Sunshine

Typical day summer day in the San Juan Mountains.

Right to left, Crystal, Uncompahgre, Matterhorn, Wetterhorn, Broken Hill, Red Mountain, Grassy Mountain, and Sunshine

  Lake San Cristobal SunsetLake San Cristobal Sunset

Summer Sunset above Lake San Cristobal.  Lake City SwitchbacksLake City Switchbackshttp://www.lakecityswitchbacks.com/

Colorado 149 and the way to our next shot a few minutes away.  Summer Windy PointSummer Windy Point

Look at me, back at Windy Point, with good reason though of course.

Passing Summer DaysPassing Summer DaysLake San Cristobal, Lake City, Colorado

Passing the day by the lake named after the patron saint of travelers. 

 

Day Two- Postage StampPostage Stamp The signs that summer's remaining time is coming to a close. The Postage stamp above town on Round Top.

Peaking UncompahgrePeaking Uncompahgre

Uncompahgre peaking (see that pun) from behind Round Top Lake City's LakeLake City's LakeThat's named after Saint Christopher, patron saint of travelers.

Spot in the shadeSpot in the shadeLake San Cristobal, Lake City, Colorado I sat here and read. Then I couldn't decide which I prefered so I'm posting both.

Moose annoying the locals. 

Moose! I saw 5 in one night, at Deer Lakes, though only three consented to be photographed.

Twilight Sets InTwilight Sets InDeer Lakes, Hinsdale County

Usually a moose is in that, not then though, so I watched the sunset there.  Slumgullion MoonsetSlumgullion Moonset

The Moonsets on Slumgullion. San Juan MoonsetSan Juan Moonset

Another Windy Point photo you're thinking, and yes here is the moonset over the San Juans. 

This guy said bye and come back soon on the way out. Very hospitable.

The Road to Lake CityThe Road to Lake City

But wait there's more! This is Colorado 149 and the road to Lake City.

(though our journey has crossed out of Hinsdale in into Gunnison)

Colorado 149Colorado 149

This is the same but going to Gunnison. The Milky WayThe Milky Way

The core of the Milky Way shining bright in the Gunnison night.

San Juan SkySan Juan SkyThe Milky Way and a desolate road on the border between Hinsdale and Gunnison Counties.

Probably my favorite photo I've taken. Taken in Powderhorn.

San Juan Sky 2San Juan Sky 2 In case you prefer the horizontal versions.

 

That's what you can see! And I didn't even have a 4wd to get to the more beautiful places!

All these prints are available as prints, click on the photo to go to the photo page and see options and help fund further trips!

 

 

 

Here's some bonus photos from the neighbors to the north, taken on the same trip.

Mars Sets over Blue MesaMars Sets over Blue Mesa

The planet Mars sets over Blue Mesa Reservoir in Curecanti National Recreation Area.

IVX Gunnison BarnIVX Gunnison Barn US 50US 50 Morning Rainbow in Gunnison.Morning Rainbow in Gunnison. Gunnison Valley SunriseGunnison Valley Sunrise


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