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Road Trip USA – Colorado and Arizona in Color Photos

Posted on / by Alex Berger
Colorado Roadtrip Aspen Fall

Grand skies, incredible nature. Delicious eats and dramatic mountain passes. Peaceful rivers and powerful inspiration for the imagination.  These are the traits, all bolstered by the sharp, clean, invigorating scent of mountain air kissed by the vanilla scent of a fresh summer rain and the vanilla perfume of Ponderosa pine trees.

The following are color photos taken during my two week road trip across northern Arizona (briefly) before settling in along the west fork of the Dolores River in southwestern Colorado.  Once we had our camp set, we used it as a base for exploring the San Juan Forest and surrounding area. The San Juan Mountain Range and the southern Colorado Rockies remain one of my favorite places in the world.

Flowers over Trout Lake

Trout Lake

Colorado - Top of the World

The Road to Groundhog Telluride Waterfall Telluride The Open RoadRoad 38

The West Fork of the Dolores

West Fork of the Dolores

Colorado High Country

Trout Lake Looking Towards Monument Valley North Eastern Arizona Colorado AspenAspen Grove Near Stoner Mesa Road

Rapids and Flowers

West Fork of the Dolores

A Forgotten Ford

An Old Ford Near Dunton The Perseid Meteor Shower Over Colorado Perseid Meteor Shower That Doggy GazeTelluride

A Meadow in Bloom

Stoner Mesa Meadow

Hummingbird Combat

Hummingbirds at War The West Fork of the Dolores West Fork of the Dolores A Meadow in BloomStoner Mesa Meadow

Trout Lake

Trout Lake

The Old Ranch

Meadow Creek An Old Country Town Telluride Northern ArizonaApproaching Monument Valley

Trout Lake

San Juan Mountains

Colorado's Mountains

Near Ames Colorado Aspen Old Aspen near Dolores Hummingbirds in FlightNear Dolores, Colorado

Flowers over Trout Lake

Trout Lake

Rapids and Flowers

West Fork of the Dolores A Country Ranch Cortez That Doggy Gaze


Photos in this post were taken with a Canon 6D using a mixture of Canon lenses including the EF 50mm f/1.4, EF 17-40mm f/4L, EF 40mm f/2.8, and Tamron 70-300mm.  For specifics, click the photo and view it on flickr as the flickr profile includes the exact EXIF data for the shot.  The above links are affiliate links and all photos are made available under a CC non-commercial license in full HD resolution.  Remember, you can always explore all of my photos over on on flickr which includes a number of shots that didn’t make it to the blog (160 in total).

Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.


  • Meghan
    October 24, 2015

    Pics like this only reinforce why I love the western portion of North America … wide open spaces are heaven to me!

  • John
    January 19, 2016

    Wonderful photos. I’m a true believer of road trips and love them. I learn so much and meet people from all walks of life. The best education in the world.


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