Rocky Flow-White Owl Creek in Western Colorado

White Owl Creek flows over a rock ledge in the Flat Tops area of western Colorado.
White Owl Creek flows over a rock ledge in the Flat Tops area of western Colorado.

White Owl Creek is a tiny little stream that flows from White Owl Lake high up on a mesa in the Flat Tops area of western Colorado. It tumbles down a series of rock ledges to meet up with Deep Creek down below which ultimately flows into the Colorado River about 3,500 feet lower. Access to the mesa is via Coffee Pot Road which winds its way up 4,000 feet from the valley below. The views from on top are amazing. On a clear day you can see practically from one side of the state to the other, picking out notable mountain peaks in the distance. Every time I have been up there I have not been able to get the right conditions to get a good panoramic shot. The creek itself is a real joy to shoot. It drops over rocky ledges in a myriad of falls and cascades. Hours can be spent capturing multitudes of compositions!

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