Late Winter Photography in Utah

Colorful Skies, Canyons and Viewpoints

I spent the long Presidents’ Day weekend based in Bluff, Utah.  I camped at Cadillac Ranch RV Park.  I love the desert southwest at any time of year, especially winter, as Bluff and the surrounding canyons are in a bit of a warm, banana belt.  I experienced 70 degree days and warm 30 degree nights.

The drive from Durango to Bluff hugs the San Juan River.  I found a location to photograph the sky reflected in the river. ©Kit Frost

The drive from Durango to Bluff hugs the San Juan River. I found a location to photograph the sky reflected in the river. ©Kit Frost

While camping in Bluff, the access to locations nearby is wonderful.  A short bike ride or drive from the campground leads to Comb Ridge and the big views of the Cedar Mesa Canyons.

No 4wd is necessary to get to the trails along the comb, which are unmarked.  When you see the huge “snakelike” formation rising just west of Bluff, that’s Comb Ridge. Trailheads are all along Butler Wash Road, as well as by pulling over off Highway 163, and walking uphill to the summit.

Exploring the comb ridge is a lifetime mission.  75 miles long, the “comb” was home to Ancient Puebloan people, and they left behind ruins, evidence of their homes, and their lives.

Take only photographs, Leave only footprints.

I am always on the lookout for sweet afternoon light adding warmth to Comb Ridge.  Those are the Abajo Mountains in the background. ©Kit Frost

I am always on the lookout for sweet afternoon light adding warmth to Comb Ridge. Those are the Abajo Mountains in the background. ©Kit Frost

The wind was blowing, spring-like conditions, at the summit ridge.  I made a few images and got back from the edge quickly.  My mission was to spend a few hours hiking the ridge, but didn’t feel comfortable being blown off.

A drive up the awesome Moqui Dugway leads to fabulous overlooks, Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods, Muley Point.

A drive up the awesome Moqui Dugway leads to fabulous overlooks, that’s Monument Valley in the distance.Valley of the Gods , and  Muley Point are favorite viewpoints for photography.

And no visit to Bluff, and Southern Utah is complete without a drive up the Moqui Dugway, stopping along the way for spectacular views.  Bring along your polarizer to absorb some of the distant haze.

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