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Photography Spotlight: Top 5 Photos of October 2021

The best photos from the past month of blog posts!

Fluffy white clouds scattered across startlingly blue skies over the dark cliffs of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado

Rim Rock Trail: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO - Photo Credit: Abby Voce

At Pathloom, we're extremely proud of the exclusive content we bring to our community each and every week. We've written comprehensive guides, told our stories from the trails, given some tips & tricks based on our outdoors experience - all with the goal of keeping you, our readers, informed and entertained - and doing our part to make the Great Outdoors more accessible for everyone!

While we're certainly proud of our written content here, (and our videos on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok!), we're equally proud of the INCREDIBLE work our photographers put in to give you amazing views of some of the most beautiful areas of the country. To that effect, here's our latest edition of Photography Spotlight - the best photos from the past month of Pathloom blogs! Click here to check out our greatest hits from March, April, May, June, July, August, and September!

Beautiful fall foliage, striking reds, yellows, and oranges, in Cave Springs Campground in Sedona, Arizona

Cave Springs Campground: Sedona, AZ - Photo Credit: Bryan Donoghue

(published 10/4/2021)

"As I mentioned last week, my experience out West has led me to believe that for all California has in terms of natural beauty, the foliage here in the Autumn months comes up a bit lacking. So for the purposes of this post, we'll be focusing on the Pacific Northwest ranging down to the Southwest - perhaps our California audience may be inspired to get out of their home state to see what else the West has to offer."


Sun setting on the Grand Tetons as the leaves change colors in the foreground

Grand Teton National Park, WY - Photo Credit: Nicole Quinn

(published 10/7/2021)

"Yes, we realize this is quite a large area to cover in just a single post. But if we keep breaking this up region-by-region, there won't be any leaves left on the trees by the time we finish! So, in the interest of getting you this information as soon as possible, we've combined our picks for the Midwest and the Mountain West regions of the country."


A stream rushes down past rocks, fallen branches, and leaves in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the Tennessee - North Carolina border

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC - Photo Credit: Chris Blake

(published 10/14/2021)

"Perennial Fat Bear Week Heavyweight Otis has once again captured the Fat Bear Crown up at Katmai National Park in Alaska! The 8th Annual Fat Bear Week tournament was a hard-fat battle between 3-time chompion Otis and a bountiful brisket of some of the fattest competitors this tournament has ever seen. Despite a few missing teeth and increasing competition for fishing spots from younger, bigger bears, the masses have spoken (96K+ voters in the final round!) and Otis has overcome the odds as Fat Bear Week Champ for the fourth time."


scrubby evergreens over a snowy riverbed in Eldorado National Forest in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California

Eldorado National Forest, CA - Photo Credit: Ankit Jain

(published 10/18/2021)

"In honor of the Caldor Fire in Eldorado National Forest reaching 98% containment and most restrictions/closures being reduced or removed over this past weekend (with rain and snowstorms on the way this week that will hopefully put the whole damn thing out!), we bring you this trip report from Spring 2021. Should you be inclined to recreate any aspects of this trip for yourself, please be sure to check the Forest’s website for potential closures, as even once the fire has been extinguished parts of the area may still be dangerous."


A glorious sunset over a vast lake in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Sunset from Woodenfrog Campground: Voyageurs Nat'l Park, MN - Photo Credit: Abby Voce

(published 10/25/21)

"The beauty is so much more profound when you adventure through underappreciated lands with no lines, no masses of people, and no advanced reservations. Voyageurs, Guadalupe Mountains and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison are just three National Parks that are more than worth the journey to appreciate in such a rare environment. "


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