Escalante Canyon is located thirty miles north of Montrose, CO and it makes for a great day trip.
In our opinion, this canyon is about as close as you can get to Canyonlands NP on a small-scale basis. The red-rock cliffs can tower several hundred feet above you, and the red sandstone is just as bright here as anywhere else across the Colorado Plateau.
The purpose of my day trip was to photograph cottonwood trees in full color and the adventure produced great results. The image that was posted yesterday on the following entry is wall-to-wall color. But it is tough to beat the yellow cottonwood standing next to a towering red cliff.
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