Fireworks Above Ouray

Hayden Mountain, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, tent, October

On Saturday I was feeling antsy for an adventure, so we went out camping up on the “Bridge of Hayden”, a high ridgeline overlooking Ouray and the Sneffels Range. Early in the night we were laying in the tent when we heard some booming sounds echoing in the valley below. Was it mining operations up valley? No. A plane crash? No, it’s fireworks!!! We quickly scrambled out of the tent and ran to the overlook.

Ouray, Colorado, fireworks, Octoberfest, Hayden Mountain

Stupid me, I had no idea of the Octoberfest party happening down in Ouray! I felt like the Grinch up on the mountain, looking down on Whoville. Apparently Ouray still had fireworks left over from 4th of July show, which was cancelled due to the drought conditions, and so they set them off for Octoberfest instead. It’s so funny that we just happened to be camping on one of the highest Ouray overlooks on the night of a fireworks show below!

I love watching fireworks in Ouray more than anywhere else – the booms echoing through the deep mountain valleys are as impressive as the fireworks themselves! And it was pretty cool to see them from almost 4,000 feet above!

5 thoughts on “Fireworks Above Ouray

    1. Thanks Dave! I wish I could have taken a technically better photo without the blown out fireworks, but it was totally unplanned and I had very little time to experiment with the proper settings!

  1. I just wanted to let you know that your pictures are sensational. I am strictly an amature photographer who is into video and photography.

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