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Colorado’s Colorful Skies

By: Brian Kerls

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn." When it comes to beautiful sunrises and sunsets, we are thankful Colorado delivers on that promise. From first light to setting sun, it is no wonder the Colorado horizon gets so much attention. Enjoy these colorado dusk and dawn moments scattered around some of Colorado's most iconic places. All photos taken by Brian Kerls

Located on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park, Chasm Lake fills a deep cirque carved from the base of Mt. Meeker (13,911′), Longs Peak (14,259′ and the highest point in the park), and Mt. Lady Washington (13,281′). The famous east-facing wall of Longs Peak known as “the diamond” rises 2,456′ above this calm alpine lake which sits at 11,760′. Starting two hours before daybreak I made my way up the 4.2 miles to the lake mostly in the dark and arrived a little before sunrise and just in time to capture this image of the early morning summer light casting an orange glow on the peaks and surface of the water.
Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
Swirling cloud formations over Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park illuminated by a colorful sunset.
Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
This panorama of the Needles Mountains and Grenadier Range is composed of 4 images shot from Molas Pass, south of Silverton, in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. An early fall storm was rolling in that evening and the sky and peaks were cast in shades of purple by the setting sun.
Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
Dramatic early morning sky reflected in the still waters of Turquoise Lake, near Leadville, Colorado.
Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
Peaks of the Continental Divide silhoutted against a colorful sunset sky, as seen from Trail Ridge Rd in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
Early morning light reflected in the water of Dream Lake beneath Hallet Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
With the faint glow of sunset on the horizon, the shoreline’s fall trees and tall grasses are reflected in the smooth, glassy water of Sawhill Ponds near Boulder, Colorado.
Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
A beautiful late summer sunrise from the summit of 13,132′ Mt. Flora in Colorado’s Front Range.
Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
Monarch Lake reflects autumn colors of shoreline on early fall morning.
Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
Why are the Maroon Bells the Deadly Bells Photo Credit Brian Kerls

Colorful sunset clouds over the Maroon Bells outside of Aspen, Colorado. Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
Sweeping cloud formations light by first rays of sunrise and reflected in the still waters of Turquoise Lake, near Leadville, Colorado.
Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
Colorful sunset sky over Lake Dillon, Colorado seen from Summit Cove on an autumn evening.
Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
Last rays from the setting sun illuminate the sky on a summer evening near Genesee, Colorado.
Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
The first rays of dawn cast the sky pink as they fall across Mt. Toll and the still partially frozen surface of Blue Lake on this early July morning in Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness.
Photo Credit: Brian Kerls
Golden rays of sunset sparkle on the waters of Walden Pond east of Boulder, Colorado. Photo Credit: Brian Kerls

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