October 2, 2005 - The Ramparts

The Ramparts is a rock formation on the western slope of the La Plata mountains above Mancos, Colorado. It is less than 20 miles from our home. We started out the day slow and easy then decided it was time for a ride up higher and in deeper into the La Platas to see the Fall color changes. When we stopped for supplies at the P&D in Mancos, Krista got to park Phoebe next to a fine 1955 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. What a treat! East of Mancos is a road that heads north from US 160 known as Echo Basin Road. Up at the end of the pavement, the San Juan National Forest offers many service roads for scenic mountain driving. As we neared the Ramparts, aspen clusters of many colors appeared. We shot 166 pictures of the ride and here are our favorite 50. The cloud coverage made it a bit challenging to get good pictures with our el cheapo WalMart digicam but we hope you enjoy the shots below. Click any thumbnail for a bigger view.

30 & 50 year old classics!

blast from the past!

heavy metal thunder!

into the colors!

colors on the rise

a few flowers still

the Ramparts behind us

a little brighter

a bouquet!

the Ramparts

more color in the sun

heavy metal thunder!


speckles of it

last leg to the edge


Lake Jackson and beyond

the edge

camo cow!

on the edge

Mesa Verde & Sleeping Ute

to the south

to the west

take it in

soak it up

to the north




guardian tree


more Ramparts


lunch time

show off

Phoebe's view




beyond cows

aspens changing

got 'er feet muddy

check the oranges!

mixed colors

climbing higher

going in deeper

up in the spruce

tailing seperator

attitude of altitude

10,300 ft in 2WD!

If you ain't livin on the edge, then yer taken up too much room...