Road To Escalante

A four day trip to southern Utah and Western Colorado, with stops at the Colorado National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park, the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Four glorious sunrises and Three beautiful sunsets, thanks to a storm track just north of my route.
January 14-January 18, 2011.

Last light on the distant mountians from the rim of Colorado National Monument.

Colorado Layers

Last light on the distant mountians from the rim of Colorado National Monument. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Sunset view from the (closed) rim road.

Grand View

Sunset view from the (closed) rim road. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Fog creeps up the valley below the rim of the National Monument.

Grand View II

Fog creeps up the valley below the rim of the National Monument. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Spectacular sunrise from the Monument Rim on a cold January morning; fog fills the distant valley.

Oh, Colorado!

Spectacular sunrise from the Monument Rim on a cold January morning; fog fills the distant valley. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Crazy sunrise light on the rim.

Wow Sunrise

Crazy sunrise light on the rim. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Intense sunrise light on the red rocks of the Colorado National Monument Rim.

Red Morning

Intense sunrise light on the red rocks of the Colorado National Monument Rim. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Intense sunrise lights up the rocks and a tree on the rim of Colorado National Monument.

Burning Bush

Intense sunrise lights up the rocks and a tree on the rim of Colorado National Monument. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Twisted pine lights up at sunrise, January from the rim of the monument.

Morning Sentinel

Twisted pine lights up at sunrise, January from the rim of the monument. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Morning fog creeps up the canyon walls.

Foggy Colorado Morn

Morning fog creeps up the canyon walls. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Formations from the Highway, on the road to Escalante, Utah

Bridges

Formations from the Highway, on the road to Escalante, Utah. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Traditional stop to photograph the Castle from the frozen river, Capitol Reef.

January Castle

Traditional stop to photograph the Castle from the frozen river, Capitol Reef. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Highway 24 overlook of the Escalante Canyon.

Escalante Silhouette

Highway 24 overlook of the Escalante Canyon. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.