It doesn’t take long for a first-time visitor to find the “magic” here in the mountains of Southwestern Colorado. The majesty of the San Juan mountains near Ouray abounds, regardless of the season. Photo mining ruins and ghost towns near Ironton, capture fields of wildflowers in July, golden aspens in fall, and waterfalls in May. Water abounds year round and colors are vivid.
The best time to take photographs here in the mountains is the first two hours of daylight and the last two hours of the day before sunset. This type of sunlight helps to create good contrast and a beautiful color of light.
If you want to photograph wildlife, they are most active in the early morning and late afternoon.
If you’re wondering where to go take pictures, check out our scenic drives page for places to get you started. If you are wondering what are some our favorite places near Ouray review our blog posts about photography. And, don’t forget you can get incredible close up pictures of ice climbing in the Uncompahgre Gorge from five scenic overlooks which are only a 5 minute hike from our hotel in Ouray.
During the summer months, Weehawken Creative Arts offers several classes to the amature photographer that includes both the stunning fall color scenery as well as the July wildflower rainbow in the alpine basins. Follow their schedule or call us for information. We can track it down for you! They also offer classes on getting the most out of your digital camera and working with Photoshop year round.