Courthouse Mountain & Chimney Rock
Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado
In hindsight, I knew I had seen pictures of them, but when I had driven Owl Creek Pass for the first time, I didn’t realize that Courthouse Mountain and Chimney Rock are the iconic monuments along that pass, prominently rising high above most vantage points. I had gone in totally unprepared and simply shot the main viewpoint of Courthouse Mountain and Chimney Rock, right off County Road 8.
It was beautiful, but that wasn’t the vantage point from the images in my mind – I had seen pictures from a much higher point with a much more epic view. This year, after researching topo maps and Google Earth, I set out to bushwack my way to a clearing to the north.
I got skunked on sunset colors, which teased me to the west, but it’s for-sure one of the most beautiful overlooks I’ve found throughout Colorado…
And a bonus sunrise the next morning back at the main viewpoint.