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7 Colorado destinations meant to be photographed

Gas up the four-wheel drive and have a photo album ready. After this trip, it'll be loaded with unforgettable images of Colorado's vast grandeur.

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Sand Dune

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Venture south toward Alamosa to experience a true wonder: Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve (nps.gov/grsa). Capture the scene that draws comparisons to the Arabian Desert, though defies those comparisons with marvelous surroundings of snow-capped peaks, dense forests and shimmering streams.

Address: National Park

CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Onward to one of the state's more scenic sites. Drive along the south rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (nps.gov/blca) near Montrose or set out on foot through the diverse landscape, which blends water, high woods and rock spires.

Address: National Park

Mary Kelley, The Gazette

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Telluride Bridal Veil Falls. Photo by Julie Andrews

Bridal Veil Falls and Bear Creek Falls

In Telluride, the oohs and aahs come quickly - right when you arrive to the historic downtown, where the backdrop of Victorian buildings is dramatic, craggy mountains. With a little effort, awe-inspiring photo ops await at Bridal Veil Falls and Bear Creek Falls (telluride.com).

Address: Bridal Veil FallsBear Creek Falls

Julie Andrews

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Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

Grand Junction is home to Colorado National Monument (nps.gov/colm), a panorama of red-rock monoliths spotting a forested plateau. 

Address: Colorado National Monument

CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE

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Grand Mesa

Grand Mesa

Be sure to set your lens on the Grand Mesa (visitgrandjunction.com), the world's largest flat-top mountain.

Address: Grand Mesa

Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Hanging Lake

Hanging Lake

You'll have to work for your next pictures: the trail to Hanging Lake (visitglenwood.com), starting near Glenwood Springs, gains more than 1,000 vertical feet in less than 2 miles. But there's a reason it's one of Colorado's more trafficked trails, with the reward of an emerald pool beneath a waterfall.

Address: Hanging Lake

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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MAROON BELLS

Maroon Bells

Last but certainly not least are the Maroon Bells (aspenchamber.org), touted as Colorado's most photographed site and deserving of an annual pilgrimage. Visitors are bussed from Aspen to the wilderness, with a centerpiece of twin peaks looming over a lake. People perch their cameras at the shoreline for hours, waiting for the clouds and sun to play perfectly.

Address: Maroon Bells

STACIE SCOTT, THE GAZETTE

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