The Western Slope - My Photos and Pages in Western Colorado

Western Colorado
The Western Slope (as it's commonly referred) is everything west of the Continental Divide. In my first 15 years of living in Colorado, I only visited western Colorado a few times. Then in 2012, all that changed when I moved to Fruita, where for 13 months, I hiked like crazy in the Grand Valley. You can also see my photos of Grand Junction and Colorado National Monument on those respective pages. (FYI, I have since returned to Buena Vista.)

Now, as for the Western Slope in general, which includes the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado, mountains near Aspen and Glenwood Springs, and hikes in Crested Butte, they're all below. Enjoy!

Mt. Sneffels Colorado
Photo Above: 14er Mount Sneffels (right) in the San Juan Mountains.

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Linkins Lake Linkins Lake - A high-elevation lake near Independence Pass, accessed from the first switchback west of the pass. It's a short 0.5 mile hike one way.
Independence Lake, CO Geissler Mountain - A 13er near Independence Pass off the Lost Man Loop Trail. (East of Aspen)
Alpine Tunnel Historic Railroad Site Alpine Tunnel Historic Railroad Site - The tunnel itself is under the Continental Divide, but it is more commonly accessed by car/truck on the Gunnison County side.
San Juan Mountains in Telluride Visit To San Juan Mountains - Photos of Ouray and Telluride from a weekend visit in July 2006.
Maroon Bells, CO Maroon Bells - Elana and Steve visit the Maroon Bells. Also included are photos in Aspen and Independence Pass.
Glenwood Bicycle Trail Glenwood Canyon Bicycle Trail - There's an amazing bike trail all the way through Glenwood Canyon. :)

Ouray, Colorado Ouray Perimeter Trail - Our hike of the Ouray Perimeter Trail which goes around the town for 4-5 miles.
Ouray, Colorado Ouray - A Saturday visit to Ouray in the San Juan Mountains. Mainly photos of mountains as I biked around town. :)

Dallas Divide, CO Dallas Divide - My bike ride from Ridgway to Dallas Divide with outstanding views of the Sneffels Range.
McClure Pass - My 36 round trip bike ride to McClure Pass. I started at Paonia Reservoir and climbed the west side of the pass.
Rifle Falls, Colorado Rifle Falls - A large 70-foot waterfall outside of Rifle, Colorado. (I visited on a snowy day.)
Gateway, Colorado Gateway, CO - A town among stunning red rock canyons in Mesa County. I visited the Gateway Auto Museum.

Also, Yellow Jacket is a small town in Montezuma County.

Crested Butte Hike Crested Butte - Crested Butte is the name of the beautiful mountain that sits to the east of the town of Crested Butte. Photos of my hike of the 12,162 foot mountain.

Also, I have a page with photos of Crested Butte from 2006.

Mt. Sneffels Colorado Mount Sneffels - Our climb of Mt. Sneffels, a 14er in the San Juan Mountains.
Rico, Colorado Rico - My photos of this town, located between Lizard Head Pass and Dolores, during a visit.
Telluride, Colorado Telluride - A page when Dave Oritz and I casually biked throughout Telluride.

Many other Telluride photos:

  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Telluride Tribute
  • Telluride Gondola
  • Scenic Drive: Telluride to Dunton

    Also, it never has gotten much traffic, but I made a website with extra Telluride content at

  • Lizard Head Pass - Beautiful Colorado mountain photos, mainly taken at Lizard Head Pass with a few near Telluride.
    Paradox Valley, CO Paradox Valley - A lonely highway photo in western Montrose County.

    Other very small towns:

  • Cimarron
  • Yellow Jacket
  • Hays Creek Falls Hays Creek Falls - A roadside waterfall south of Redstone.

    Also a page of extra photos in the Crystal River Valley and Colorado aspens.

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison River Black Canyon of the Gunnison River - A national park near Montrose.
    Blue Mesa Reservoir Blue Mesa Resevoir - A manmade body of water in Gunnison County.

    Also nearby: Bicyclists on U.S. Highway 50.

    Dallas Divide Dallas Divide - Scenic mountain area on the route between Ridgway and Telluride.

    Also, photos from Ouray County Road 9.

    Taylor Park Reservoir Colorado Taylor River Reservoir - Located in Taylor Park in eastern Gunnison County.

    Also in the region:
  • Taylor Park Road
  • Town of Tincup

    4WD Roads in the San Juan Mountains:
  • Black Bear Pass
  • Independence Lake, CO Independence Lake - The Lost Man Lake Trail that leads to Independence Lake and Lost Man Lake near Independence Pass.

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