What a Drive - Ophir Pass, Colorado

Ophir Pass, Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado 

There were many highlights of Rick Louie's Fall Colorado Tour. There were so many that it is hard to pick just one to talk about, but the drive up to Ophir Pass certainly is in the top three. To get to the pass, we took Forest Road #630 from the historic mining town of Ophir, and climbed over 11,814 feet to the crest of Ophir Pass. The trip was challenging due to  a narrow one-half mile section, which allowed only one car to pass, and our drive was expertly navigated by Chris Nitz (if you have a challenging drive, enlist Chris). Along the way, we had this great view of Ophir and neighboring peaks. Making sure no one was coming down from the pass, we hopped out of the car and shot away. I knew that to capture the whole scene required a panoramic shot. After shooting for a while, we headed over the pass toward the Million Dollar Highway (towards Silverton).