Falling for Autumn in Colorado - Part II

November 30, 2020  |  San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Fall color in Colorado's mountains must be seen in person to appreciate what a treat it is for your senses truly. The air is crisp, and the aroma of autumn in the forest is everywhere. As the wind blows, the leaves dance on the branches until they finally let go, falling gently to the forest floor. Most of us go and spend days driving and hiking in the mountains to experience the visual treat that is fall color in the mountains courtesy of the magnificent aspen tree.

The photos below were made during the second half of my trip to Colorado this year, and they come from places in southwestern Colorado, in the San Juan Mountains, near the towns of Telluride and Ridgway.

Scrub oaks glow in the early morning light. From the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado near Telluride. © Adam Schallau...

Scrub oaks glow in the early morning light. From the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado near Telluride. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

The autumn gold leaves of aspen trees appear to glow in the early morning light. From the San Juan Mountains of southwestern...

The autumn gold leaves of aspen trees appear to glow in the early morning light. From the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado near the town of Ridgway. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

Looking up through a golden canopy of fall foliage courtesy of aspen trees in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado...

Looking up through a golden canopy of fall foliage courtesy of aspen trees in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

A panoramic view of fall color, courtest of aspen trees and scrub oaks, below the towering cliffs of Cimarron Ridge along the...

A panoramic view of fall color, courtest of aspen trees and scrub oaks, below the towering cliffs of Cimarron Ridge along the Owl Creek Pass road in Colorado. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

Looking through the forest of fall colors to several aspen trees in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado near the town...

Looking through the forest of fall colors to several aspen trees in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado near the town of Telluride. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

A stand of aspens with yellow leaves during fall color. From Last Dollar Road in the San Juan Mountains near Telluride, Colorado...

A stand of aspens with yellow leaves during fall color. From Last Dollar Road in the San Juan Mountains near Telluride, Colorado. © Adam Schallau, All Rights Reserved.

Mount Sneffels rises high above a stand of aspen trees with golden leaves as the distant sky is painted by early morning light...

Mount Sneffels rises high above a stand of aspen trees with golden leaves as the distant sky is painted by early morning light. If you look closely, you can see that the leaves have begun to fall to the forest floor. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

The stars in the night sky over the San Juan Mountains near Ridgway, Colorado, begin to give way to the faint light of dawn. ©...

The stars in the night sky over the San Juan Mountains near Ridgway, Colorado, begin to give way to the faint light of dawn. © Adam Schallau, All Rights Reserved.

A panoramic view of a colorful sunset over the Big Blue Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. © Adam...

A panoramic view of a colorful sunset over the Big Blue Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. © Adam Schallau, All Rights Reserved.

If you haven't seen them already, there are more photos in Part I of my Falling for Autumn Colorado blog post where you can see the photographs I made in and around the high-altitude ski-town of Crested Butte.