Cumberland Pass Colorado

Cumberland Pass Colorado

We took a trip to attempt to see fall colors somewhere around Cottonwood Pass on September 20. The aspens were changing with vigor on the way up the pass, but we decided to see what we could see on the other side.

As we passed Taylor Reservoir, we were greeted with this view:

A thunderstorm on the Continental Divide, near Taylor Reservoir, Colorado. [Benjamin Vassmer - Canon 50D & 24-70/2.8L]

A thunderstorm on the Continental Divide, near Taylor Reservoir, Colorado. [Benjamin Vassmer – Canon 50D & 24-70/2.8L]

The historical town of Tincup was mostly boarded up, ready for the harsh onset of winter. An incoming thunderstorm greeted us while we checked out the eerie Tincup Cemetery,  site of hills of graves among an old pine forest and swamp.

Girl looking on grave at Tincup Cemetery, Colorado. [Benjamin Vassmer - Canon 50D & 24-70/2.8L]

Girl looking on grave at Tincup Cemetery, Colorado. [Lisa Vassmer – Canon 50D & 24-70/2.8L]

A pair of graves at Tincup Cemetary overlooks the valley of Tincup. [Benjamin Vassmer - iPhone 5]

A pair of graves at Tincup Cemetary overlooks the valley of Tincup. [Benjamin Vassmer – iPhone 5]

We continued up the Cumberland Pass, passing views of changing aspen and old decaying mines.

Looking down on the Continental Divide from Cumberland Pass, Colorado. [Benjamin Vassmer - Canon 50D & 24-70/2.8L]

Looking down on the Continental Divide from Cumberland Pass, Colorado. [Benjamin Vassmer – Canon 50D & 24-70/2.8L]

Storms over the continental divide, viewed from the top of Cumberland Pass, Colorado. [Benjamin Vassmer - iPhone 5]

Storms over the continental divide, viewed from the top of Cumberland Pass, Colorado. [Benjamin Vassmer – iPhone 5]

Dangerous open mine shafts were right next to the road:

Open mine shaft along Cumberland Pass. [Benjamin Vassmer - Canon 50D & 24-70/2.8L]

Open mine shaft along Cumberland Pass. [Benjamin Vassmer – Canon 50D & 24-70/2.8L]

Continuing down the pass, as dusk approached, the wildlife started appearing. A doe with her two fawns crossed the road in front of us, and looked at us curiously.

Doe and two fawns look curiously on. [Benjamin Vassmer - Canon 50D & 80-200/2.8L]

Doe and two fawns look curiously on. [Benjamin Vassmer – Canon 50D & 80-200/2.8L]

Our last stop before nightfall was the Bon Ton Mine. According to records, this site looks to still been active as late as the 1940s-1950s.

Falling log cabin door at Bon Ton Mine along Cumberland Pass, Colorado. [Benjamin Vassmer - iPhone 5]

Falling log cabin door at Bon Ton Mine along Cumberland Pass, Colorado. [Benjamin Vassmer – iPhone 5]

Cabin at Bon Ton Mine, Cumberland Pass, Colorado. [Benjamin Vassmer - iPhone 5]

Cabin at Bon Ton Mine, Cumberland Pass, Colorado. [Benjamin Vassmer – iPhone 5]

We finished the day with a ride down the rest of the pass in the dark, and over Monarch Pass during a thunderstorm. The colors on Monarch Pass look to be beautiful, at least by the light of our headlights and lightning.