In Pursuit of Gold

For most of us, prospecting for gold is a fantasy that will never be fulfilled. However, every fall in Colorado brings the opportunity for chasing gold. The aspen trees of Colorado paint the mountains with swatches of color just like an artists canvas.

Looking west towards Medano Pass

Looking west towards Medano Pass

Medano Pass Gold Aspens

Medano Pass Aspens

This year I chose to take a few days during the last week in September to chase the colors. Medano pass from the Wet Mountain Valley to the Great Sand Dunes National Park has a number of large aspen groves. I drove the pass in the afternoon light and enjoyed the view of the aspens blanketing the mountains in the golden canopy.

Camping in the backcountry on Medano Pass Sand Dunes National Park

Camping in the backcountry on Medano Pass Sand Dunes National Park

I found a great backcountry site to set up camp and I was able to spend some time with the camera taking shots of the aspens. I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story.

Medano Pass Golden Aspens

Medano Pass Golden Aspens

Medano Pass Golden Aspens

Medano Pass Golden Aspens

Medano Pass Golden Aspens

Medano Pass Golden Aspens

Medano Pass Aspens showing a little red

Medano Pass Aspens showing a little red

Medano Pass Early Morning Colors

Medano Pass Early Morning Colors

Morning view of Sand Dunes National Park

Morning view of Sand Dunes National Park

 

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tomas

Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

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