Fall color is always a prime subject for most landscape photographers and Patricia is no different. It is also a bit of a fickle condition often resulting in sudden changes in plans in order to capture. Such is the case as we concluded our time at Bryce Canyon. Initially, we intended to drop south to Zion NP but there were reports of good color in western Colorado so off we went! Wheeeee!
We settled into Ridgway State Park for a five night stay. The park was sparsely occupied and we had our pick of sites. I was a little miffed at the park system here because of their fee schedule. In addition to the $24/night FHU fee, they charged each camper a $7/day park use fee. Normally, access to the park amenities and features is included in your site fee – not here! So it was basically $31/night, within a few dollars of the private RV parks in the area! Oh, and that day use fee? Enough of my rant!
We took daily drives looking for the turning quaking aspen to photograph. Managed to snag a few geocaches along the way as well. There were several county roads outside of Ridgway that led up to higher elevations where the aspen were turning. Some of favorite scenes were of Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain east of town, Mt. Sneffels and the towering mountain range surrounding the active little town of Ouray.
We had some great dining experiences in Ridgway including awesome artisan pizza (hand-made gluten-free crust) at Colorado Boy and tasty tacos at Taco Del Gnar where we had dinner with landscape photography, David Kingham.
Once again, we left with the promise to return for a longer stay because of all the things we didn’t have time to do. I will likely avoid the state park next time however.