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Hi,
I was suppose to spending two weeks in RMNP photographing, but with the floods, the trip was cancelled.  I am trying to plan another last minute trip, and I am considering the San Juan Mtns.  Unfortunately I know very little about the region.  I would probably be spending a week and flying in from Salt Lake City, and over the course of a day or two make my way to Telluride.  I am wondering how the hiking is over there for scenic vistas to photograph.  At RMNP I was planning on hiking 10 miles or less a day on trails, elevation gains between 1500 and 2000.  Are trails easily accessible?  From the little research I done, I found some but all require 4WD to get to the trail head.  If the roads are going to be difficult to navigate I am not sure how much I want to drive on them with a rental.  Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated, as I am not going to be able to get this time off from work for some time (years) to come, and I really would like to get out in the mountains starting mid-week this week.  Thanks!
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Head to the library and grab yourself a few John Fielder books like this one



Then go to your local map store (They should have something in SLC) and Grab National Geographic Trails Illustraited #139 and #140

The fall colors will be peaking soon, and there are some very nice areas on the north side of the La Garita wilderness between Cathedral Creek and Cochetopa creek.

The Sangre de Cristo range is also rather pretty in the fall, and you could fly into Alamosa for easy access to that.

The San Juans are rugged, but a lot of car rental companies stock Jeep Cherokees (and the like) and that is all you really need for most trailheads.
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Almost forgot the most important map.  #141 covers Telluride, Silverton, etc...the area you were originally interested in.
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Thank you for all the info.  I actually bought that book years back and forgot I have it--- so thank you!  I wound up changing my plans once again, and instead will be going to Salt Lake, then to Snowmass near Aspen- doing a lot of hiking in that region, and checking out Maroon Bells- which I am really excited about.
Thanks again for all the info and reminding of the book which is a valuable resource.
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The Maroon Bells are one of the most photographed locations in CO for good reason, and the fall Colors should be peaking right about now.  Have a good trip.
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The Dallas Divide between Telluride and Ridgeway is tough to beat this time of year.

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Get a TI map of La Garitta Wilderness and drive into Eddiesville TH and just go exploring.   I didn't spell the wilderness area correctly- but close enough.

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We're having a great fall up here. Jackson, WY is just 5 hours from Salt Lake City and Grand Teton National Park is just 4 miles north of town. The "Park" road on the west side of the Snake River remains open until November 1 generally. Lots of ACCESSIBLE SPECTACLE.

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