A Scenic Colorado Drive In Northwest Colorado ... Compared to mountain passes such as Indepdence Pass or Cottonwood Pass in the heart of Colorado,
Douglas Pass probably seems modest, but it's a scenic area that's worthy of a visit.
The pass is located in remote western Garfield County, and is accessed from State Highway 139 between the towns of Loma and Rangely.
Photo Above: One of many mountain views from State Highway 139 near the top of Douglas Pass.
October 24, 2012 - North of Loma, and beyond the lands blessed by human-engineered irrigation,
State Highway 139 travels through desert and toward the Books Cliffs.
The Garfield County line.
The highway offers close-up views of the Book Cliffs. They are such fascinating formations.
Once into the Book Cliffs, the mountain scenery doesn't stop.
The road switchbacks many times.
It was disappointing that there was no sign or marker noting this was Douglas Pass, but the cattleguard appears to be the high point in the road.
Adjacent are three photos of the mountain views. While I was there, snow flurries were coming down.
Later in the afternoon, the local news in Grand Junction showed a picture of the pass covered in an inch of snow.
Returning the way I came, pretty mountains from the road.