San Juan Mountains

(Lake City to Horca CO)
I spent the summer in the San Juan Moutains of southern Colorado. Many places were visited briefly; yet I didn’t have enough to say about each. So, this post shows photos of some spots that I thought were interesting.

San Juan Mountains

San Juan Mountains – Lake San Cristóbal

Going south from Lake City, then turning onto Upper Lake Fork Rd, took me past Lake San Cristóbal. This view was taken from a pullout on the main highway. Just north of downtown Creede the road entered, what I believe was Willow Creek Canyon, where tall cliffs arose on both sides.

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Cliffs near Creede

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Looking toward Río Grande Headwaters

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Brown Lakes Area

Along Hwy-149 there was a pullout with a view toward the headwaters of the Río Grande. And, when looking for South Clear Creek Falls, down a gravel road, I parked at the beginning of the Brown Lakes area.

San Jaun Mountains

Bristol Head from a Distance

Bristol Head camp

South Clear Creek near Bristol Head Camp

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Cliff behind my Bristol Head Camp

A short ways from my boondock camp were views of Bristol Head, South Clear Creek found while searching for South Clear Creek Falls (but in the wrong location), and a cliff seen from behind my camp.

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Overlook near Wolf Creek Pass

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Conejos River Canyon

Another pullout, when going over Wolf Creek Pass, had great views southward toward the San Juan River. And finally, further south was a fantistic view of the Conejos River Canyon. My time in the San Juan Mountains included these wonderful scenes, as well as pleasant weather. Hard to beat!

Camp: Several Forest CGs and boondocks
Scene: Mountains, canyons, cliffs, creek, lake

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