Shrine Pass, near Vail Pass, is one of the very best wildflower locations in Colorado, boasting such beauties as daisies, yellow arnica, larkspur, and the exotic looking paintbrush. Due to the high elevation the wildflower blooms appear relatively late in the season, usually they are at their best sometime around mid July to August
As we travel the Shine Pass Road, keep your eyes open toward the south side of the road. You’ll see meadows full of wildflowers. In particular there stands one of the best fields of Indian Paint Brush in the state. These red and pink flowers are beautiful and unique, making lovely foregrounds to the mountains behind.
After we’ve finished photographing here, we will move on to the Shrine Pass parking area. From here we will hike a trail west to the top of Shrine Ridge. If the previous winter was not too dry, we will usually see snow lining some of the cornices in the area well into the summer.
Aside from the wild flowers, the area is also home to many beavers and their ponds. These ponds can be used to capture reflections of alpenglow clouds during sunsets.