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Colorado Places and Beauty

Discussion in 'Photo Album' started by TerryMiller, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. TerryMiller

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    It certainly appears that I'm the primary "contributor" to this thread. I'd really like some of the rest of you to post pictures of places you've been in Colorado, or at least, mention those places of interest.


    Back on October 15, I finally got the opportunity to take a drive that I had been wanting to do ever since the Autumn colors started. It seemed that either the weather/clouds wouldn't cooperate or some family event was going on to prevent it from happening.

    There are two different "roads" that are in a similar area of Colorado near to Canon City. About four miles east of Canon City is a junction that takes one up through Phantom Canyon Road. That road follows an old rail route that was abandoned after the mining in the area changed. It is a road designated on the maps as 67, although I don't know if it is classified as a forest service road or a county road. It runs from that junction east of Canon City up to the town of Victor, Colorado, which is a mining town.

    The second road is Shelf Road and runs from the south side of Cripple Creek (only a few miles from Victor) back down to Canon City itself. I believe it is designated as 88, but again, I'm not sure if it is a county or a Forest Service road. Both roads have parts that are single lane roads, which necessitates one to pull over into a "wide spot" in the road to allow others to pass.

    Since I've not gone through and worked the Phantom Canyon Road, this post is only about Shelf Road. It is one that requires a "high clearance" vehicle, although if it isn't washed by rains very much, I would drive a Ford F150 across it. But, being uncertain as to the road's condition, I made the trip that day in my nephew's Jeep Rubicon. Without further ado, allow me to share some photos of Shelf Road.

    The start of my trip was from Cripple Creek, Colorado. This image gives no indication of what the road and the terrain will be like later on.

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    As I was driving along in one section, I spotted this "lady" cross the road in front of me. I stopped and took a picture of her without getting out. (You have to look fairly closely just above and just to the right of the center of the picture. She blends in quite well.)

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    It was a good thing that I didn't get out of the Jeep to take my photo, because when I looked over to my left after taking the above picture, I was met by the rest of the family.

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    The colors weren't really bright that day because of a "late start" that I didn't realize would affect conditions for photography in the canyon where Shelf Road runs. The sun was either behind some clouds, or as I went along, behind the western ridge of the canyon. The next photos give you an idea of why it is called "Shelf Road."
     
  2. TerryMiller

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    (Well, I just learned something new about the forums. Apparently, one cannot post more than 12 images in one comment, and I had a total of 17, so I had to make two comments. The images and dialogue below is a continuation of the previous post.)

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    As you can see, a few miles north of Canon City, the Shelf Road changes from dirt/gravel to pavement. A number of homes and ranches are in this area, and it is nearly as interesting as the Shelf Road canyon.

    The reason the Shelf Road pictures got "worked" before the Phantom Canyon Road pictures is because a lady "ranger" (maybe - she was in uniform) I met at the Cheyenne Mountain State Park visitor's center made a mention to me that she had never seen Shelf Road yet. Since she had so graciously answered my questions about Colorado's "state park permit," I told her I'd get her some pictures of the road.

    A number of the photos were taken through the windshield of the Jeep. Unfortunately, I should have cleaned the windshield before taking the trip. The remains of a few bugs are in some of the photos. I guess I should have mentioned this at the first of the post so the "squeamish" would have been forewarned. (Too late.)
     
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    Great pics Terry! Do we need to take up a collection for a more powerful zoom for The Garden of the Gods? :)
     
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    Okie4570,

    If you are referring to the "distractions" in the Red Rock Canyon Open Space area instead of Garden of the Gods, I'm using excellent lenses and the cameras are set at high enough resolution that one can still "zoom in" on those distractions in software and have closer images. However, you would then be guilty of me being "tempted" and lead to me being more of a "backslider."
     
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    My father-in-law built a cabin in Mineral County in the early '70s and we go out there every year to fish. I haven't hunted out there yet, but will someday if I accumulate enough points.This is Middle Creek Road, not far from the cabin. That's the Rio Grande River.
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    This is Summitville, a ghost town above South Fork Colorado.
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    I have lots of others I'll have to find. Lots of trout pics, too. Those would probably be better for another section though.
     
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    Subsonic, being a panoramic photo, I can't quite make out where that might be. Is that part of the "front range," or is it further west?



    While I've been up through South Fork and north, I really need to get back into that area. With regards to the route to the ghost town, is it accessible by an F150?
     
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    Yes, it is quite accessible now. Years ago it was a long, muddy drive up the mountain but it has been improved over time. Actually getting to the old buildings themselves requires a little walking. Otherwise the view from the road is good, too.

    This is Clear Creek Falls, between Creede and Lake City.
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    The view of Creede from up above.
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