Before leaving Grand Junction where we have spent the last two nights we head back to get some daylight shots of not only the Depots but other railroad structures I had not yet photographed before. Thanks to directions from Ben the night before I got some great shots!
We leave Grand Junction and head towards Whitewater via US50, then turn south on 141 taking the Unaweep Tabeguache Byway. We will take a short detour on Forest Access Divide Road up towards Uncompahgre Plateau ( 38°50’0″N / 108°34’41″W) for some great shots up and down the valley.
Once we reach the area near Gateway the geology turns RED ( 38°40’32″N / 108°58’39″W) which is how Colorado got its name (Color Red). What a beautiful byway, a must drive if you are ever in this area!
We will also stop to get some great shots of the Hanging Flume ( 38°23’54.00″N / 108°48’34.00″W) which was an engineer marvel for its time. I can’t imagine what it took to build this thing on the side of a cliff for as long as they did.
We will turn onto 145 near Naturita, CO and head towards Placerville, CO and turn up the pace to get to Dolores, CO to get to the depot before it closes and get shots of Rio Grande Southern Goose #5.
From there we head into Cortez for the night…
Note: Highway 145 from Placerville to Dolores roughly follows a portion of the Rio Grande Southern. More on this with Day #4 coming up next…