“Chimney Rock ” Fine Art Print
Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain are engulfed by golden aspen groves on Cimarron Ridge in the Colorado Rockies
This stunning rock formation is part of “Cimarron ridge”, which is an off-shoot of Southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. Located near Owl Creek Pass, east of the town of Ridgeway,Colorado, Chimney Rock was made famous for its cameos in the 1969 John Wayne movie, True Grit. This star studded film was largely filmed in the vicinity of Ridgeway at locations such as Owl Creek Pass( just to the left of of the rock formation in this fine art print), Dallas Divide, where I captured my fine art print titled,“San Juan Mountains Sunrise”and “Deb’s Meadow”, location of the famous horseback shootout scene.
This photograph was perhaps the crowning moment of a recent trip I made with my good friend, Max. We drove 16 hours to Ridgeway which served as our base-camp for a stunning, technicolor adventure. Our timing for fall color in the San Juans was impeccable and the weather was heavenly. Southern Colorado’s endless aspen groves were emboldened by a golden glow.
“Chimney Rock”, The Capture
Max and I scouted this stunning location while exploring near Owl Creek Pass. The scenery was sublime but view of the rock face were far from sweeping. We spotted a rocky precipice above us and located it on our map. My climb to the viewpoint started about 90 minutes before sunset. The climb had no trail and was steep and… uncertain. After an 80 minute, high altitude climb, I was thrilled to find a gorgeous, autumn infused view of Cimarron Ridge and endless aspen groves. Included in this stunning fine art print are, from left to right, Dunsinane Peak, Precipice Peak, Redcliff Mountain, Coxcomb Peak, Chimney Rock, Courthouse Mountain, and the Sneffels Range on the right side of the print.